Political dynasties: the bitter truth they don’t want to hear
By Prof. Yusuf Dankofa
Senator Bola Tinubu, the grand patriarch of APC has his wife in the 7th, 8th and 9th Senate;
Senator Abba Bukar Ibrahim’s wife was in the 8th Assembly and she’s also in the 9th, while the Distinguished Senator spent 8 years as Governor of Yobe State;
Former Gov. Theodore Orji was in the 8th Senate and also belongs to the 9th, and his son is the newly elected speaker of Abia State House of Assembly.
The example of family dynasties being entrenched in our political system is real and has the potentials of privileging the entire system to selected families while the hordes of armchair critics continue to insult themselves as mere tools or pawns in the chessboard of this game called POLITICS.
While political leaders are busy repositioning themselves and their families into the authority structure of Nigeria, most Nigerians continue to becloud their political understanding with inanities and as it is today, go to any critical sector of the economy, be it Central Bank, NNPC, LNG, Banks and other Institutions that drives the economy, it is the same children of the parasitic elites that are the engine rooms of these CASH COW institutions.
The children of the parasitic elites are poised to take over the reins of dependency on the economy of the state for their continued benefits, while the children of the poor will continue to be employed as graduate drivers, marketers of bournvita and Milo, by dancing like captured monkeys on our major highways.
It is instructive to understand also that while the children of the elites are busy taking refresher courses in Harvard, Dublin or Glasgow preparing themselves for the eventual take over of the political economy of the state, the children of the poor are packed like sardines to be writing aptitude test for menial jobs in both the private and public sector and not sure of whether the N30k minimum wage will ever be a reality.
When analysing the nature of political thuggery in Nigeria, you can never see the children of the rich. The business of political thuggery draws its manpower from the poorest of the poor and what fuels their sustainability is hard drugs.The political establishment maintain and sustain the children of the poor as touts and thugs, while theirs are being trained in the best universities of the world awaiting employment by the UN or other multilateral agencies of western capital that makes them globally competitive and materially successful.
That the Nigerian oppressed but poorly educated masses do not understand that they have been programmed to live on crumbs and die as second class citizens in their country is what sensible people cannot understand.
That they even idolised people that have conquered them and demobilized their humanity is something that normal people cannot understand.
That they even eulogise their slave masters with superlative slogans and worship their traducers is what is shocking.
That the poor even fight and kill themselves over people who don’t have the slightest of affection for them is intriguing.
That the poor and the oppressed come to Facebook and defend the lack of capacity of their masters and fight dirty amongst themselves is the 9th wonder of the World !!!
Prof Yusuf Dankofa is the deputy dean in the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State.