A couple of bullets through the head and the aspirant for political office rests in pieces with his dreams and ambitions. You, fellow Nigerians, are witnesses to this tragedy — reluctant witnesses, obviously, like me.
In another scenario, it is the one who already has a
political office that is shot and killed to stop him from retaining it in an
election. This is the situation on the ground in Nigeria, patently morbid.
Has it ever occurred to you why some members of Nigeria’s
ruling class are supremely ready to kill and maim, to mortgage their people to
destitution, in order to clinch or retain political office?
Whoever nurses a truly altruistic spirit, and wants to serve
his people, goes about his plans without the ancillary thews of Fagins and wild
It stands to reason that anyone who is ready to kill and provoke
anomie in order to grab or retain political power is only out to serve his interests
and not those of the power…
The Meijis… the Lee Kuan Yews… where do we find them? How can
we find them and retain them?
Nigeria’s political orbit, as Dele Olojede had observed in
1987, is an acerbic minefield. I take the liberty to add that it is the
mausoleum of reason as well, allergic to merit, rapaciously sucking its finest
It might sound absurd, but the reality is that Nigeria is
probably the only country in the world today where a man leaves office after
four or eight years, a billionaire. I have said this before, but it bears
With this troubling reality, the reality that you can make money
quickest or steal it without consequence as a political office holder, many
aspire to political office and do anything and everything to get it. Are you
surprised, then, that we are being ruled by a riotous orchestra of empty heads?
Are you aware that we might be ruled by this benighted
collective for a very long time? Are you aware that most Nigerians are gasping
on the breadline? Are you aware that privation erodes a man’s moral compass or
eviscerates it altogether? Are you aware a lack of moral compass makes a man
susceptible to venality?
Are you aware a people in the maws of venality are pervious
to the chicaneries of the larcenous collective in power and the larcenous throng
Are you with me on this… are you seeing the trouble with our
politics? You’re welcome.