Extreme poverty is an opportunity for manipulation, especially political manipulation and politicians know how to use it well against the electorate.
It follows a pattern of ensuring deliberately, that poverty envelopes the land and the electorate, due to failure of politicians to fulfill past campaign promises, yearn and look up to them for sustenance the way human beings look up to God.
By playing God, politicians seemingly hold the reins of happiness and sadness of the electorate to be pulled whichever direction at their whim. So there are situations where after making bogus promises of free this and free that, the electorate discovers too late (and too many repeated times too) that they have been taken for suckers and are but mere clues in a maze that leads to political power ascendency for politicians. But they are at time of realizing this, too doped to react.
It has been like this for years in Nigeria but the harrowing part is that today; the youths are always the most vulnerable. This is due to deliberate and sustained social re-engineering that begun years ago and today, the electorates, completely mass hypnotized, only settles for less but feel that they have it all as long as there is a political godfather somewhere.
This is what has been bestially termed as political game that politicians gloat about and the youths are always at the receiving end of this mind bending game. Politicians use them as human shield in their war for prominence, use them as negotiating subjects in power sharing, use them as siege tactics but see them afterwards like things the cat dragged in.
Propelling this ghoulish political projectile is an endemic greed that inhabits within the recesses of politicians’ mind. That greed that push them to make empty promises to the electorate during campaigns, to eat roast corn or plantain on the streets with them, eat at popular eateries called Bukka, hitch a ride on Okada or tricycles called Keke Napep or Marwa or do some really ridiculous things just to hoodwink the electorates to believe that they, the politicians, are in the same boat with the electorates.
This goes on until they clinch power and then apply electorate-repellant afterwards. It is shameful, how their mien changes immediately their quest is achieved. The former smiling effervescent politician, who walked on the streets carrying dirty looking babies, fried akara or wore the garb of the common man on the streets during campaigns now, will look condescendingly on the same people he deceived a few days, weeks or months ago. This is because 90% of our politicians do not vie for political office to serve the people (as against what they say during campaigns) but to stack up as much money gotten through corruption as their greed allows them without caring whether the electorates are acquiesced or not.
Or how do you explain stories whereby governors who owe workers several months’ salaries are junketing all over the world in private jets where they have bought state of the art mansions with tax payers’ funds? How can one explain situations where large amount of monies are found stashed in buildings in a locality reeking of abject poverty where the electorates there are dying in their droves due to lack of wherewithal to access basic medicare or nutrition. How plausible is it that a governor will fly abroad for medical checkup where he pays millions of dollars while back home, hospitals in the state he governors are ill equipped and have neither appropriate facilities nor personnel for operations. But, the governor can allocate to himself a budget for those medical checkups abroad which if judiciously re-channeled, could provide life support for the ailing hospitals in his state.
If the story making rounds is anything to go by, a certain governor who blamed the outbreak of meningitis in his state on fornication of which God in his anger was punishing them, is alleged to have built a $3 million hotel in Lagos from Paris club funds given to states to fund sectors in the state including health. He allegedly stole directly from the people to build a hotel where fornication is most likely to happen than elsewhere and when confronted with an outbreak, he dragged God into it and blamed the electorates for a lifestyle he conjured up by himself. During his campaigns, he must have promised to take care of the electorate health wise but led by his greed, he took care of himself by mortgaging the lives of his people for a $3 million hotel among other things.
It is a misnomer now to say the electorate is gullible because the same deceit template has been used on them over and over again through the years so it is sheer stupidity (at least from the stand point of the politicians) that the electorates fall for the same old worn out trick every four years. And why the learning curve has not progressed an inch upwards all these years in the electorate, attest to the extent of the damage that has been deliberately done to the collective psyche of the electorates.
Why have the electorates who are mainly youths surrendered so willingly to the antics of these greedy politicians at the expense of their rights? Why should the youth hail, worship, serve or even die for the same persons who robbed them of their fundamental rights of life, education, shelter and freedom? The greed in politicians knows no bounds and like the dung beetle, the only way to keep rolling for them is to trample on the electorate who by the way, are willing accomplices and victims while they gather more.
The answer is that the youth of today has inherited garrison inferiority complex of their fathers, that morbid character that diminishes them before perceived political masters. That fear that caused their fathers to fail to face and address this greed issue and bad leadership. But, this is 2017. The year that brought the likes of president Macron of France, 39 years old who came after Canada’s Justin Trudeau who was 43 years old when he became president,Vanessa D’Ambrosio, 28 years and leader of San Marino, Kim Jong Un 34, of North Korea, Tamim bin Hama Al Thani, 37 and leader of Qatar, Jigme khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, 37 of Bhutan Kingdom Emil Dimitriev 38 of Mecedonia, Saleh Ali al-Sammad 38, of Yemen and Nicola Sturgeon, 46, who is the Scottish leader.
It does not matter whether some of these people inherited leadership but the fact is that even at their young ages, they are leading their countries and there is then no excuse for Nigerian youths, 70 percent voters, to praise sing for greedy Nigerian politicians and remain perpetually politically visionless while the old order is recycled every four years.
This is 2017, two years before 2019 when all will gather for the same old worn out trick and ritual. And this is 2017, when the electorates, having known the truth, should let the truth set them free. This is 2017 when that decision to retire these old worn out greedy politicians and send them out of Nigeria’s political space should be taken. This is the time to give Macron a political younger brother or sister in Nigeria and that decision is yours-yes, you Nigerian youths, yours to be taken right now or remain slaves in perpetuity! At STRATEGIC THINKERS SUPPORT INITIATIVE we have chosen to THINK AGAIN. “NIGERIANS LET THINK AGAIN AND RIGHT THE WRONGS OF OUR LEADERS”.