When the political cloud is changing, it affects the mood of the people. The mood of the people would be like a ten days rain. This creates gossips and rumor mongering in the office and the interpretations of gossips may vary. It takes time to know what is next. The boss has become a subject of discussion because everything is attributed to what people hear and discuss around the beer parlors, Newspaper stands or mechanic workshops. Even the bus conductors and okada riders carry the message everywhere they go. The revelation is that the boss is out of power and realignments are going on. This is practically human and typically Nigerian! The boss is evaluated by his performance and relationships with people. For some, they will be in a sober mood and depressed for not going to have the opportunity to enjoy the boss again.
In many offices, office politics plays high. You can know those who love the boss and those who do not love him. Those he paid attention to can easily be seen by their behaviours and actions. On their faces, there are many stories to tell. Each person tells the story of his/her boss the way he/she wants to tell it. There are different narratives. For others, realignment with the new incoming boss is important. Some may say “If I didn’t get something from the old boss, I will get something from this new one”. Some might have jammed luck by enjoying the old and playing politics to enjoy the new one too. This is politics of survival in a zombie culture. It has happened severally and playing out currently everywhere. You can see and feel it. It touches the marrows! The boss might be abandoned by higher authorities for not delivering according to agreements. The grudges from the people may heat up.
The Secretary of Henry VIII; Woolsey suffered the same political heat. When he fell out of favor with his master, he called all the heads of state and lamented “Master Kinsmen, if I had served my God just the way I have served my King, he wouldn’t have left me in this grey hair”. This is a lesson to everyone in position of power and politicians who have hang-ups with god-fatherism. Be always ready to see your so-called loyalists realigning with new powers at the eleventh hour when the political cloud is becoming gloomy in order to avoid heartbreaks and tensions.
The boss that was seen to be unapproachable can be reviewed by his performance in the society or office. When the preconceived notion gives way to a new research, the boss is seen in a lighter perspective. Characterization has given way to seeing a man who has come to the society with a voice full of hope. It is those who mean well for the society that would recognize that voice that gingers hope, peace, justice and unity. The above is what a society needs to be happy and bring up their children to the fear of God. We hear a leader will inject positivity in every area of the society, liberating them from ethnic bigotries and give proper political education. Even though it will take time before a sense of optimism will emerge, bad reasoning and terrorist thoughts would give way to motivational way of doing things that would clear the gloomy cloud and usher in sunshine and hope.
Wrong realignment prevents growth because it is loaded with selfish motives. That is what is troubling Nigerian politics today. We see politicians cross carpeting and realigning in different political parties, because of new breed of powers and bosses. The problem we have in Nigeria is big political players that distort the real politics through frequent alignments and realignment. There is a continuous interest shifts which creates political amnesia. When you are selfish and desperate, you lack conscience and forget the people whom you convinced that you have power to improve their states of livelihood thereby making the common man a sacrificial lamb to a political miscalculation. Political realignments are like a switch over from generator to PHCN to get light. This change over May not promise you light as you desire and the light may go off for you to scramble for the generator again. This is the best description of Nigerian politics with continuous scrambling from one party to another by politicians.
Politics has created lots of office errand boys. They behave like touts in motor parks. They pretend to be loyal to their political bosses while in real sense, they play eye service “oju-aye’ but still turn back to stab their bosses at the back as soon as they feel he is about leaving power or out of power. Everything in Nigeria is a game; profit and loss but everybody is trying to avoid a loss. To avoid a loss, you join a new alignment but only God knows where it will lead you to. When an office is created, everyone would like to align with the new boss for profit motive. You show an interest with the new man saying pleasant things that can serve as recipe of acceptance to be on his side. Every time he is called for clarification of things since he has identified himself and the new boss will call him for anything both clean and dirty. Man feels satisfied for being called for information. The question is this: When are we going to stop being an office boy instead of being a real man and stop being vendors of fake news that will fetch us money?
The society should be aware of the duplicity of life that affects those in power because constant shifts lead to a drag in development. We should also be aware of those who have a voice of hope instead of those that have voices of false hope because voice of false hope makes us victims of power games. Politicians and the society in general, should not live on different set of rules and values. These are the causes of our problems in politics and social lives. When you are a political colossus, you think you have made it and can boss everybody and instill fear in people without knowing that power is for the upliftment of people and not to push fear into them.
By MONSIGNOR LIVINUS UKAH
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