The Objection to Politics.
The objection to politics is that people who have no control over their circumstances want to control the affairs of others. There is an Igbo proverb which says that “you don’t send a person with a dry, scaly skin on an errand to buy palm oil”. This is because the quantity of palm oil will reduce drastically by the time he must have applied it to his skin problems. Politicians with selfish ambitions and ego problems will use the power and resources of the state for selfish ends, before considering the people that gave them the mandate. People who lack honor, integrity or character are like dogs that cannot be entrusted with a bone. Injustice reigns where ever people are docile; especially where those people hide their complacency under the veil of religion. Injustice thrives where people “leave everything to God” and blame an imaginary devil with a tail for every wrong doing. There are three main antics of the devil. Firstly, he creates disorder, lawlessness and chaos in a system by spreading false information and turning people against one another. Secondly, he uses intimidation to instill fear into his victims and thirdly, renders them powerless and defenseless by making them lose confidence in themselves. Whoever carries out the above stated antics is the substantive devil. Evil often prevails because those affected chase the shadow (the imaginary devil) instead of the substance (the evil doer). Social injustice thrives where people lack political awareness and are ignorant of their constitutional rights and fundamental human rights. The bane of ignorance is that one is ignorant to his own detriment. It has rightly been said that the security of slavery is ignorance. It is easy to mislead people who are ignorant but difficult to lead them while it is easy to lead people who are knowledgeable but difficult to mislead them.
Don’t leave politics in the hands of politicians; ensure that there are checks and balances. Once they break their part of the social contract by deviating from democratic principles, the people reserve the right to withdraw their consent to be governed in one way or another, especially by organizing and embarking on protests, strikes and any other means that is necessary. Social justice can only be possible in vibrant societies that can hold their rulers accountable to them. No country has ever progressed without a revolution. Good people should think beyond ethnicity and religion. They should get up from their knees, organize, mobilize and revolutionize and confront every corrupt and unjust political system by any means that is necessary; dismantle it and enthrone social justice which ensures fairness to all regardless of one’s ethnic, racial or religious affiliation. Social justice provides a level playing field for all and a conducive atmosphere for merit which makes it possible for the intelligent minority to rise to the helm of affairs; and manage the people’s resources well, create wealth and distribute it equitably, stimulate growth and sustainable development; serve and empower the vulnerable majority. Injustice resulting from the state of origin syndrome should be corrected by providing legislation that will enable Nigerians who have resided in particular towns or states for a given length of time to become indigenes of those towns or states if they wish to do so. For instance, brothers, George and Jeff Bush were governors of Texas and Florida respectively. Affirmative action could be used to redress imbalances resulting from gaps in educational attainment, infrastructural development, political or other appointments, etc., between different ethnic, racial, genders, physically challenged, or other groups.