Many have argued politics is a dirty game. But as we know not many things are evil or dirty. I guess it is usually the player(people) involved that add the colouration. From the creation, we all learnt that whatever God created, initiated is good. Politics might have started in pre-human existence. Those who believe in Holy writs must have read in their Bibles God called His Council and said, let us make Man in our own image and give them dominion over every creeping things or things that have life. Therefore what is Politics if it is not dialogue, governance, decision making process that will impact on many?
The way Politics is played in most developing countries left not much to be desired. Many have killed, maimed and destroyed lives in the bids to take over rulership. We use the word ‘rulership’ with all it meanings because that is what they do here. Leaders do not kill to rule or destroy precious lives. Many of our rulers here have two mouths. One mouth is for pre-election speeches and another one for the position. Politics is a game of number and when it comes to democracy, it should be voice of the people. Unfortunately rulers here hardly listen if they even have hears at all. The way position changes people in this clime is something else. A man you know today as pro-people will get to a share of political position: elected or appointed, and you will see a dramatic change. You sometimes hear, now I know better. If you are not that informed why formed an opinion? True it is only a fool that does not change is mind but when it comes to Politics in Nigeria, it is more of money than reason.
I am still thinking whether people like us will ever like to go into Politics. Black is flagrantly called white. Depending on the level of your finesse, only few are diplomatic in doing this while many will throw away caution just to do the bidding of the highest fund supplier. I keep thinking about professional and sound academic like Dr Reuben Abati who was teaching literature in Ogun state university around 91/92 and whose class I would stay by the window so I could listen to this great ideal philosopher. I kept reading his mind till Guardian Newspapers days but today I am not very sure he still commands such attention from me. He is an adult and I have no reason to judge him. I have also seen other Spokespersons who gushed out rubbish in the name of patriotism. They have become attack dogs. No one should hold contrary opinion asides from theirs. They are considered antagonist, opposition or instrument of one of the above.
I for one believe if I have anything great to show, I should focus on the good deeds and keep hammering on such instead of giving all my attention to critics. By allowing different voices to be heard, the citizen then can make informed decision about who is lying or saying the truth. I am always having problem with sound, principled professionals who joined government and later discovered they may not flourish in such environment. That is after they have made many attempts to create desired changes but who refuse to quit. I believe since they have a base they can return to-their professional communities, they should rather go there and maintain their integrity. Many people had gone to Politics and come back sane. Oby Ezekwesili stood out for this writer.
There is a perceived common disease, bug many Politicians or political appointees are suffering from immediately they assume position-selective amnesia.
Can we recall People like a former President’s Aides who later came begging the Senate and the public when he was nominated to be a Minister in another regime. His premise was based on the fact that he knew he would have offended many in the cause of doing his job. Same man is still around cross carpeting. What about former Professor who was in charge of education and seems to have refused to see reason with former colleagues during University academic staff crisis? The day the power play consumed her and her job was gone, she said she would be going back to the university. According to her claim, ‘this is where I belong’. I asked then, does she really belong again?
These and many other issues are on my mind today. We appeal for a change. For this gret nation to work, we must eschew bitterness, selfishness, greed. We must allow the voice of the opposition to be heard, learn from it and move ahead with lessons learnt. People must remain consistent with great values they are known for.