Candid Thots: In Nigeria, Politics is money… And money is power

Candid Thots: In Nigeria, Politics is money… And money is power
President Muhammadu Buhari making a speech
President Muhammadu Buhari making a speech

When one hears statements that politics in Nigeria is of a very different breed, you need not look too far off to get the full import of the statement. Yes, let no one deceive you, Nigerian politics is all about money and, after all, money is politics and the richer you get, the higher you go in the political field.
Over the years, Nigerian politicians have made money the beginning and the end of politics and anyone who dares trudge that murky path must make sure he has so much money to buy his way, yes, that is the world, buy his way into power, after all, money is power.
A typical Nigerian politician believes that politics can never be played without money to either buy the electorates, their votes, ’empower’ them, whatever that means, give them little incentives or what is popularly called stomach infrastructure.
From the presidency to the councillorship position, money must exchange hands at every level or they will see you as an unserious as a politician and you will never go far in politics.
Even the electorates will not take you seriously if you dare go to them without the necessary greasing of the palms. They expect the politician to be a good sport and do the needful, after all, others are doing it and being voted into power.
It is sad that at the end of the day, they would have sold their votes and mortgaged their futures for the next four years or however long the politician will be in power.
A savvy Nigerian politician will know that he only needs to grease the palms of his constituents and boom, he is on his way to his desired glory land.
If you think you can be a successful politician in Nigerian and don’t roll out the cash, your name, like we say downtown, is ‘sorry’ as even the electorates you are hoping to serve and improve on their lives will tell you that you are not a serious politician.
They are of the belief that they have to grab whatever they can from you while you are campaigning and begging them for votes because once you are elected into power, you will promptly abandon them.
And you cannot blame because successive political office holders have shown that they are not reliable and should not be trusted by the masses.
And once they get into power, they still use the same money to hold down the people who now become their slaves, the Lazaruses begging for crumbs at their tables. The politicians prefer the people coming to them every other day to get their stipends, food, water, bread, rice, pepper and even condiments, enough to keep them for a day and the next morning, they are at the gate of the politician, begging to be fed once again.
In fact, no one is ever surprised when you get to read about or see political touts, hangers-on and supporters brawling over their paymasters, some even killing themselves all because of what they stand to gain or have been gaining from their godfathers even though that can never be quantified in real terms.
For a candidate to win an election in Nigeria, he must be prepared to spend lots of money. because that has long been the determinant of our electoral processes, the problem is worsening by the day, anyway.
Money has long dominated our elections, and the problem is worsening. People spent unlimited amounts of money during campaigns and before or during an election, in order to win the posts they are contesting for.
The major problem with money politics is that politicians tend to invest by spending in the campaigns and expectedly, make the huge profit when they get into power and in essence, this affects public policy and achievable productivity while in power.
Politics in Nigeria is a very serious business in which the contestant invests during campaigns and later recoups after winning the election.
Immediately they get into office, their agenda changes from what they told the hapless electorates. They set out to take back what they spent during the campaign, including the profit, and a little bit extra, before their tenure ends.
And as we know, the ‘profit’ is usually many times more than the ‘investment’.

Isaac Dachen Editor
Isaac Dachen is the Editor-In-Chief at Sabinews. He is a graduate of English and Public Relations. A social critic and political analyst, he is also a big, big Arsenal fan.
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