Money politics is criminal
There is a story about a community (location withheld) which was not consulted when the government wanted to build a modern pipe borne water. The government did not consult them before building the pipe born water. They assumed the people must need a water source that is easy to access.
Strangely, on supervision, the government officials discovered that the people continued in their old practice of sending their children to the natural well far away from the settlement.
On inquiry, after much reluctance, one of the villagers summoned courage and explained thus “We are a community with little or no demarcation between our room as couples and that of our children. As married couples, we usually need time to ourselves and sending our children on long trips down to the stream where we expect they would play with one another for a while before coming back. This gives us the privacy we crave and your water in the middle of our square does us more disservice than good.”
Morale of the story; Government should be for the people, of the people and by the people. In other words, the people’s consent must be sought before embarking on any project. Never assume, verify.
Money politics is criminal
We ended the last time by saying that politics is not a profession. This implies that nobody is born to be playing politics, in the conventional sense, all through his life. You must have something doing. That is why when you are given a chance to serve in government, you are given a specified period, usually four years. What happens after that? What do you fall back on? It is because a lot of Nigerians have taken politics to be a profession, that is why they create a system that makes them lions unto those who are coming up. They now become Godfathers to those who are coming up so that when they help them assume the position, they would be paid huge sums of money every month. Where are they going to get the money from? That is why they would sponsor a candidate and in return the sponsored is expected to be packing obscene amounts of money from the state’s treasury to the sponsor. I have example of what is going on now. Some people in the house of assembly are like people that are in prison. They gather everything they have and send to the person that sponsored them. How can somebody put in millions to sponsor some that is going for house of assembly to legislate. Where is the legislator going to get the money to refund from? This is because they see politics as a profession. What they do to survive. If they understand that they do for a while and then go back to their business, they would allow a free and level playing ground for people who are capable to come and contest and exercise their God-given talent. Before, we used to have what we call patriot-centralism. These are people God has blessed with money but they don’t have leadership qualities, so they look for people who have these qualities to sponsor so that these people can go and do what they are not capable of, for the good of the general populace. But what we see in Nigeria here is that people sponsor politicians and expect they money they invested in the venture to yield interest for them. That is what is pushing many people with good intentions into stealing public funds in order to pay back. And when they fail to pay back, these godfathers will start employing every means to fight such a person. So, it is high time we understand this about money politics. So, if anybody is selling his vote, he is selling his future. And it will be dangerous because you are not just selling your future but that of your children and your children’s children. The damages your careless act would incur will have a ripple effect which your children will be forced to seek to salvage. It is time we need to start having a rethink. We have to start from Anambra State here because we are the light of the nation. We need to show the people what the political system is all about; government
and people. Then we would have a better place to live. Why do those in the western world hold their political office holders accountable? Because they have not sold their consciences. They know they have a stake. It would be crime against the conscience of your generation to say you are collecting a particular amount of money so as to vote in an individual. I have said it earlier on; no matter how we try to pray to God, there are things God would not do for you. God will not do for you, what he has authorized you and given you power to do for yourself. God cannot come down to determine the price of cement or a bucket of garri. The people that regulate these things are the government. If somebody that has no conscience goes there, things turn upside down. If somebody that has conscience goes there, someone who understands the system, the people will start to enjoy.
Politics is not a dirty game
Politics is not a dirty game but when dirty people play it, they make it dirty. When clean people play politics, they make it clean.