By Very Rev. Monsignor Livinus Ukah
In a country Nigeria what can we do where there is no merit, no integrity, no rule of law, where “godfatherism” and going to the shrine to swear in allegiance before sponsorship has become the order of the day. Also in Nigeria where there is money politics where money decides who comes in and who goes out. Do you want to talk about the exorbitant cost of party registration, expression of interest form, campaign costs? You can see the debate on the source of Trump’s campaign fund and its abuse in the congress. All these sum up to the POLITICS OF THE PRIVILEGED, where a sincere man cannot smell politics in Nigeria unless he is a money bag or an appendage to one. In the quest to enter politics and meet up the financial responsibilities, one is tempted into god-fatherism politics. This encourages corruption and puts integrity at stake. Political sponsorship is the bane of the nation. People are not ashamed to ask for political sponsorships because they believe it’s a worthwhile investment. The youths can continue to live in eternal optimism and seduced to believe they are the future leaders. Can the youths meet up with the numerous demands in Nigerian politic? A sincere, honest and educated Nigerian who wants to help his country may not have a taste in Nigerian politics of today unless he wants to belong to the nuances of Nigerian politics by playing the ball.
He who wants to enter into Nigerian politics must reexamine our core values. We have a sovereign country with core values where a president can be an example of rule of law and therefore nobody is excluded from the law. The reason why we have a kangaroo government is that those in authority do not respect the rule of law and the constitution thereby acting contrary to them and becoming dictators. Politics in Nigeria is about the people oppressed; me and you. Sometimes, the political thinking portrays inclusiveness that jeopardizes hope in Nigeria. Institutions depend on beliefs and values. If bad politicians destroy those beliefs and values we are left with voodoo politics.
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One thing politicians should ask themselves is “Have we done anything that will make people remember us or that we lived” Are they going to remember us by our scattered buildings all over Nigeria? Will history remember us? Are our footprints not going to be left on the sand of history? Are our names going to be left in the records of dirty political history? Are we not meant to expand the boundaries of our communities, towns, villages and our country? That is the goal of man.
Man must make positive history. That is the purpose of man’s life. Politicians should know that. Politics of money and godfatherism has created a political amnesia in Nigerian politics instead of lifting Nigeria on the global scale. The recent news of Nigeria replacing India in poverty level is shocking with all the resources surrounding Nigeria which is a strong evidence of mismanaging its resources. Nigeria is said to be among the most corrupt Nation in the world.
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