Now that ‘The Change’ Campaign has Started!- By Cavil Inwang
“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems– of which getting elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.” – Thomas Sowell.
“Look for three things in a person – intelligence, energy and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even bother with the first two.” – Warren Bufet.
Politics is in the air! The gladiators, the good, the bad and the ugly, are gradually emerging in 2015 general elections – most with enthusiasm and some reluctantly, even after persuasions and collections of millions of questionable signatures. Many are not “aspirants” in the true sense of the word, especially the godsons, the consensus candidates, those who exercised right of first refusal, the clueless, the indicted, the impeached and the despots. To “aspire” is to direct one’s hopes or ambitions towards achieving something. It is to desire, want, set one’s heart on, wish for…
The Nigerian politician is peculiar because he likes to enjoy the perks of office but not the responsibilities that come with it. The politician is a reflection of the larger country – a country long on religion but short on Godliness. It never ceases to amaze me how a country thinks it will progress if the over-riding factors that determine who leads are ethnicity and religion, rather than competence, experience and past records. I’m yet to see a patient in dire need of a life-saving surgery whose choice of a surgeon is dictated by ethnic / religious factors. Neither have I seen the engagement of pilots strictly on the basis of ethnicity and religion. It has always been on the basis of competence, experience and past records. Maybe we really do not wish to progress. to which I have always advocated a same-day general election, whereby the tally of votes at each level/tier will serve as check/control on the other.
Once the Nigerian politician gets into power, he becomes a demi-god,to be worshipped intermittently by the ever available legion of sycophants.
“Politics – the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.” – Oscar Ameringer.
I urge my countrymen to be more discerning when the politicians come to “ask” for your votes. You will be promised “to send all corruption politicians to jail” and “war on corruption” even if the body language negates these.
The G22 may not wish be outdone in endorsement deals this time too. The so call Change agent and BOC have been giving us a good dosage of humour and comedy in recent times. Each time I watch their rallies and adverts, I remember ABN, YEAA, North Korea and Zimbabwe. The list is growing by the day and of course there is no unanimity of who will win or lose the Governorship/Presidential polls. And the absence of a reliable opinion poll is complicating matters, For those who do not live by “bread”, aka stomach infrastructure, please remind the Nigerian politician of the following each time he comes calling.
“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” – Matthew 20:26
Please share these with the politicians and your fellow voters. You, as the voter, have the exclusive rights to hire and fire the politician. Exercise that exclusive right to choose wisely. Go for the “brightest and the best”, for he, not your “brother”, will lead you to the promised land. May God bless Nigeria!