Nigeria and the politics we play! | The Guardian Nigeria News

The founding fathers of politics in Nigeria came with ideals that surrounded them. To begin with, one would find that almost all of them were lawyers while those who were not lawyers were people with discernible convictions. Additionally, political parties or organizations of the time always had a sense of direction, as no two parties were the same in their aspirations and/or the philosophies they believed in. No doubt, the thinning of these qualities gave rise to the gibberish that is currently witnessed in the Nigerian political firmament. Unfortunately, Nigerians felt unfazed.

Once upon a time, Nigeria was not used to having cheaters, especially, in its decision-making positions. But how is it that they have now become thorns in his flesh? Take for example, when political thugs realized they could help themselves through the instrument of terror and violence, they hijacked the process and created for themselves a dynamic specific political space with benefits juicy to boot. Unlike the First Republic where thugs were set up according to the dictates of social stratification and status ranking, nowadays the texture of our politics has become so frighteningly rough and permeable to evil that a gangster can heal the post of governor. the ambition of a Nigerian state. These are issues that the Nigerian political class should have addressed long ago. But they couldn’t! Well, it’s not that they haven’t figured out how to go about solving them. It is frustrating and annoying that they are also the product of confusion. Hence the difficulty of talking to them!

When Obafemi Awolowo was arrested and ultimately sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard labor for the crime of treason, if Nigerian activists had heeded their appeal and removed the bogus charges, Awolowo would not have been unjustly imprisoned. Of course, Nigeria most certainly would have escaped the mess it was ultimately – and, conveniently too – plunged into. Awolowo went to jail and Nigerians went about their daily business as if nothing had happened. As fate would have it, only Gowon’s grace saved the sage!

When Adisa Akinloye and “like-minded men” from the ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) held a spending jamboree in London, Awolowo was the first to warn Nigerians of the impending economic calamity. Again, the Nigerians behaved as if untroubled. Instead of sitting down to save the day with unparalleled dexterity, the government led by then President Shehu Shagari chose to ridicule the “old man” as a hobby. Sadly too, the Nigerians ignored the warning! Since the old man had no power; and, since society was gullible, the economic depression made its way! Shortly after, “austerity measures” hit the country like a plague. Yet the company did nothing! Of course, this sounded the death knell for a government already on edge! Tantalizingly, the “austerity measures” continued to expand, in different sizes and colors.

When the Wole Soyinkas of this world founded the Brotherhood of Pirates, there was an established academic standard that had to be met before a potential candidate was initiated. That’s why conversations with any member of the Brotherhood at the time were always imbued with impressive delicacy and skill. Again, that was then! Gradually, the popular culture of the thug of hooliganism took control and ‘Fadeyi Oloro’ usurped the functions of the 70-year-old Confraternity!

When on February 1, 1971, Adekunle Ademuyiwa Adepeju was shot and killed at the University of Ibadan (UI), General Yakubu Gowon’s regime was nearly overthrown as no calamity of this magnitude had ever struck the Nigerian university system. before this date. For a typical Hausa man at the time, it was simply “nufin Allah ne”. So, “life goes on!” The Ibos simply thought it was a Yoruba boy who had been killed. Since the 23-year-old undergraduate was not of their tribe, “life” also “goes on”. That’s not all! Half of the Yoruba population was not even informed enough to understand that no Nigerian, let alone a university student, should be killed. But the elite shouted and Gowon got scared! Unfortunately, however, after a while, a few careless emboldened the Head of State. They advised Gowon to simply apologize to the nation, offer condolences to Adepeju’s family for the loss, and assure them that the government would look into the matter, which the junta did! But what happened to the Student Union Building that bears the name of the fallen hero? It is doubtful that students of this prestigious university still remember that a Kunle Adepeju was mowed down by an unknown policeman in Nigeria.

It was high time in Nigeria that the academic journals of leading Nigerian universities were granted international recognition. Now one even wonders if Nigerian scholars even have time to sit down, think and write, let alone get them published in internal journals. What’s worse is that lecturers are now promoted as professors, not on the basis of their publications, what they do or international recognition. Nope! It’s because they’ve been there too long, they’re stalling in the Departments; or belong to a sect; or something like that!

In 1972, the Nigerian Students Loans Board was established with the primary mission of meeting the financial needs of indigent students in Nigeria. At the end of the day, the wealthy and elite hijacked it for their children while those it was originally intended for were at their wit’s end. Sadly, those kids who illegally took advantage of our common good didn’t even see fit to give back to society, which is one of the worst things. They’re either in the UK, USA or Canada, partying, forgetting their humble beginnings. As such, the opportunity they had was never replicated so other people could have what they had.

Well, I have argued elsewhere that a tyrant is a tyrant insofar as people believe that man uses the boundaries of his ambition and of the power that are rightfully given to him. This is when a bully can be perceived as acting. But then, what is lacking, at the center, is control. The tragic truth is that, due to a lack of control, those who previously had no business in politics entered it and imposed their own values. The depth and impact of this tragedy can be felt through our mystification and heightening of an individual, simply for spending a token from our community to build an inferior road for us, and ordering it with almost the same amount of construction cost . What else? Every new and incoming government campaigns on the anvil of the most heinous crimes and dysfunctions of the incumbent government in order to secure the votes of the masses. However, if one lacks the understanding of power dynamics and how it relates to human beings, one is more likely to be offered a seat at the table of mammon in a way that risks doing so. become a tyrant. And, as we know, when distorted values ​​become the majority, it becomes a problem.

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, grant us peace in Nigeria!

• Komolafe wrote from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State ([email protected])

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