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Within the years of Nigeria's experience in presidential democracy the nation has witnessed an unprecedented abuse in the whole political system, particularly the use of politics and political power as a means of individual economic advancement or better still as a means of livelihood.

Within the years of Nigeria's experience in presidential democracy the nation has witnessed an unprecedented abuse in the whole political system, particularly the use of politics and political power as a means of individual economic advancement or better still as a means of livelihood.


When the ban on politics was lifted except for the very small but powerful elite class, Nigerians generally supported the various political parties 'on the basis of ethnic, religious, sentiments, personalities, financial coercion and to a very small extent ideology.
Unsuspecting supporters of the winning parties at all levels or at various levels of government realize through the massive political appointments and contract awards unleashed on them by the powers that be, that politics can as well be a more profitable substitute to their hard earning, slow and low yielding but steady means of livelihoods. The whole nation has woken up to find the entire system shaken by tremendous and unbelievable change. University lecturers are throwing down their chalk and of course their campus revolutionary psychosis, top and middle level civil servants as well as small clerks and local government staff all bid "bye" to their bureaucracy establishments to fill the new found vacancy of Ministers, Commissioners, Advisers, Special Assistants, Boards Chairmen, Directors, Legislative Aids and of course every provision is made for the businessmen, petty traders through contract awards. Rural activities and local hangers on are now content of appointments ranging from Local Government Chairmanship, Local Government Caretaker Committee Chairmanship, Members of Caretaker Committee, Councillors, Supervisory Councillors, etc. They are having field days. Accordingly, the changes in their income and standards of living are to be surely commensurate thus. Jeep owners are now riding in private jets shuttling from one heaven to the other. Mercedes Benz owners are now riding in Jeeps etc. Overnight their income level has risen from a barely subsistent level to a five-figure income bracket and new mansions, flats, palaces and petrol stations are springing up in the countryside not without however intimidating the poor peasants into surrendering their farm plots.
While no one quarrels with remunerations and other privileges befitting a political appointment, it is morally indefendible for political office holders to see their appointments as a means of personal and self-aggrandizement or a permanent, everlasting source of livelihood. All the former Presidents, State Governors, Local Government Council Chairmen, Councillors, Special Assistants, Personal Assistants, Commissioners, Senators, House of Representatives and Assembly Members, etc. amassed stinking wealth during their tenures. The present leaders are doing same. Probe panels are normally constituted but at the end the findings of the various probe panels set up are not implemented. Take for example the fuel subsidy probe. A lot of discoveries were made during the probe, but one may ask what has happened to those who were indicted. Even the lawmakers who did the probe demanded bribe to cover up such corrupt practices, yet we are talking of change agenda. Since we modeled our constitution on that of the United States of America it is equally appropriate to borrow a leaf from their mode of politicking. Political appointees in the United States are tested and found to be of high integrity and transparent honesty, above all, political appointees see their appointments as a rare call for national service, therefore, they work relentlessly towards this objective. More than not remunerations and other privileges accruing from their appointments are far less than what they used to have and therefore economically speaking the appointment is a decrease in their standards of living; but they have a consolation which is service to the nation.
The consequences of this unfortunate trend is that politics as a means of livelihood in Nigeria's context has become disastrous  and will continue to be so in the future, unless steps are taken to redirect our politicians and their henchmen and sycophants. Economically, a lot of human resources which would have otherwise been directed to other sectors of the economy is unnecessarily diverted. Worst affected are the agricultural and industrial sectors including power. Educationally, this trend has ruined the universities and other institutions of higher learning. Since politicians have a soft spot for intellectuals; that is the pride of announcing an all-graduate or intellectuals dominated cabinet. Nigeria has had to witness and is still witnessing a "recruitment drive" of intellectuals from the already under staffed institutions, thus the few experienced and "good brains" are induced into throwing down the chalks apparently. Unfortunately our intellectuals have been caught up with the make-money-quick trend. Morally, the institutionalization of politics as a means of livelihood is causing the nation very serious damages, in the era of technical know-how. Most politicians or political aspirants knowing the excellent benefits of a public officer are always prepared to spend as much as they can both during the nominations exercise and the elections ostensibly to answer the call of their people. The "end result" except in very few cases and rare instances is that the contestant with the highest gratification is elected. In this way many better candidates are not elected simply because they do not have the money to throw around. To this effect, therefore, political offices and legislative houses continue to be dominated by dummies, bench warmers, yes members and outrightly corrupt-people. With these trends the peace and stability of Nigeria have been and will still be under great threats having made politics a means of livelihood, the political office holder the local activist and the businessman uses all means at his reach (blackmail, thuggery, savagery, vandalism) usually resulting in the loss of human lives just to serve his selfish interest to make sure that his party wins, hangs albeit perpetually to power. This has accounted for the political violence or at least extreme tension that has engulfed all parts of the country first during the nominations exercise of various parties and secondly during the general elections proper. For sanity and for the interest of national development, our politicians should be able to understand that holding political office is a service to the people and they should be prepared to relinquish the service whenever they are no more required by the people they claim to serve. Inordinate ambition by politicians to make quick money has destroyed democracy in Nigeria.
Honourably, they can go back to their professions and still serve the country, instead of inciting the largely ignorant and innocent citizenry to violence and rioting. For instance when the former Germany Ex-Chancellor Helmut Schmits S.D.P. was overthrown in a parliamentary coup, he not only humbly came down but later became a senior features editor in one of the country's Newspapers. In the United States of America, Ex-President Jimmy Carter was in addition to his peanut business making locally hand made chairs for sale. These are some food for thought.
Nigerians should learn to fix their eyes day-by-day upon the greatness of Nigeria until we become filled with love of her and when we are impressed by the spectacle of her glory; it reflects that the federation has been acquired by men who know their duty and have the courage to do it; who in hour of conflict have the fear of dishonour always present to them; who if ever they failed in an enterprise would not allow their virtues to be lost to their country; but freely give their lives to her as the fairest offering which they could present at her feast. Their citizenship is therefore Nigeria's highest glory.
Collectively, a man who takes no interest in public affairs should be regarded not as harmless but as a useless character. There should be recognition of free men who recognize no master except their reason so that tyrants and their stupid or hypocritical tools will no longer exist except in history.
See what is happening now in the new political dispensation. The president who is posing as anti-corruption crusader was corrupt in the 70s as the chairman of PTF. President Muhammadu Buhari stole 2 billion dollars from NNPC accounts in the 70s and the money was trailed to midland Bank now HSBC London under his watch as P.T.F. head. N25 Billion got missing according to PTF situation report submitted to Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1999 and he didn't expose him. Obasanjo stole 25 Billion dollars from 1999 - 2007 (16.4 billion dollars from power sector). Babangida stole 15 billion dollars from 1985 - 1993. 12.4 billion dollars from oil windfall in 1990. Abdusalami Abubakar stole 9 billion dollars from 1998-1999. Late Sani Abacha stole 7 Bilion dollars from 1993-1998. Bola Tinubu stole and continues to steal from Lagos state treasury since 1999 till date. It is estimated that he has stolen 6 billion dollars so far. T. Y. Danjuma got enriched through oil blocks from the Niger Delta worth 20 million dollars in the 70s, after the counter coup, those oil blocks worth millions of dollars in today's value. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi the present Emir of Kano stole 1.2 billion dollars as the CBN governor from 2008 - 2014.
Bukola Saraki through his father Olusola Saraki, their bank societe generale and as Governor of Kwara State 2003 -2011 stole 1.1 billion dollars. Before Nasir EI-Rufai was made minister he was broke homeless and was looking for loan to import taxis from the United Kingdom. After he was made Minister he seized landed properties that belonged to Nigerians and resold them with huge profits. It is estimated he stole 1 billion dollars from 2003-2007 and he is today a governor. Babatunde Fashola, he is the poster boy of Tinubu. Both of them looted Lagos dry and left it in debt of N1billion. Fashola among other things built his personal website for N78 million, drilled borehole for over N100 Million per each and built a kilometer road for N1billion. He stole 900 million dollars from 2007-2015. As a minister he will continue to loot. Rotimi Amaechi from 2007-2015 stole 700 million dollars and 150 million from that money was used to sponsor Buhari and APC. He has 757 million dollars in US Bancorp/Minnesota Bank. Today he is a federal minister. Through shady deals Atiku Abubakar stole 500 million dollars from 1999 - 2007, James Ibori now serving jail term in the UK for money laundering stole 150 million dollars from 1999 - 2007. Amina Mohammed was founder of Afri Project Consortium (APC) that was in charge of all RTF projects during Abacha's regime. About 125 Million was stolen from RTF accounts from 1994 - 1998. Buhari nominated the same woman as a minster. Rabiu Kwakwanso stole 150 million dollars as governor of Kano state. EFCC has arrested some of his aides. Kashim Shettima has stolen about 80 million dollars and still continues to steal. Shettima has 1.1 Billion US dollars in wells/ San Francisco bank in the United States of America while Owelle Rochas Okorocha has 1.4 Billion US dollars in IB Morgan/ New York bank in US. Rauf Aregbosola has milked Osun State to the tune of 60million dollars. Kayode Fayemi former Governor stole 40 million dollars and stashed some part of the loot in Ghana. Reportedly he bought a bed for 50 million naira. One may then ask why the president is being selective in his war against corruption when he has surrounded himself with people who have lot of skeletons in their cupboard. Well this is Nigeria for you and I. I strongly agree with those with veritable conscience who say that politics is a dirty game and that the players are dirtier than the game itself. If you want to become a billionaire in Nigeria simply join politics.

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