DOGS OF WAR is a Frederick Forsythe novel which focused on a mercenary named Shannon (Christopher Walken), who is hired by a wealthy businessman to topple a small African governmen
It is looking like Nigerians, even some of the Opinion Leaders, Notable Clerics and Elder Statesmen are behaving like Dogs Of Politics.
This is the political era of political dogs returning to their vomit .A real shame in my estimation!
Unless you have been living under the rock, you much have heard about the famous political reconciliation between ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo and ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Someone expressed his disappointment thus
Elder Statesmen should not go back on their words, especially when those words iare in print.
This man just lost whatever remaining respect I had for him…
There is only one thing worse than shameless politically cross carpeting from party to party . it is going back on something as fundamental as this..
His volte face gives a new meaning to the phrase “Make The Corpse Walk” ..
‘ATIKU will become President over my dead body.’ – my foot
For someone who swore that Atiku would become Nigerians President only OVER HIS DEAD BODY, this is astonishing. It clearly demonstrates that politicians can align with a lesser ‘enemy’ In a quest to successfully overcome a bigger foe .
Just like all is said to be fair in love, it appears all is fair in politics too.
No Permanence In Friendship Or Enmity, But Rather Perpetual Permanence Of Interest.
Here is an extract making the rounds on Social Media, concerning how bitter Former President Obasanjo is (was?) about ATIKU (from his book, My Watch) making this abrupt volte face nothing short of astonishing :
How Will OBJ Expunge This From His Book .. MY WATCH
Obasanjo on Atiku…
What I did not know, which came out glaringly later, was his parental background which was somewhat shadowy, his propensity to corruption, his tendency to disloyalty, his inability to say and stick to the truth all the time, a propensity for poor judgment, his belief and reliance on marabouts, his lack of transparency, his trust in money to buy his way out on all issues and his readiness to sacrifice morality, integrity, propriety, truth and national interest for self and selfish interest.
Pages 31- 32
Often, the enemy of an enemy has a commonalty of interests with us. But that does not necessarily indicate that the enemy of our enemy is a permanent friend.
It is very self-evident that political alliances are not based exclusively on shared values or feelings of friendship. Atiku getting the support of his former boss who has written such damning things is clearly a matter of self-interest.
The kingmaker has probably asked himself,
What Is In It For Me In An ATIKU Presidency versus A Buhari Presidency?
And he decided that ATIKU is a lesser evil, FOR HIM.
How would Former President Obasanjo turn around to deny all that he wrote in his book ? How do you retract what has been put in black and white?
President Muhammad Buhari and ATIKU are both septuagenarians with just three years or so separating them in age.
Despite all the noise by the cerebral folks who are supposed to be opinion_shapers, the youth should be be ashamed of ourselves that the only two CREDIBLE juggernauts for the post of President – thrown up in the political landscape – are septuagenarians. (The Sowores, Moghalu and Durotoyes and Ezekwezilis are mere footnotes.. for now).
It demonstrates clearly that Nigeria is still very far from issues_based considerations in selecting those who would steer the ship of state. Going back to an ATIKU, the way we went back to a BUHARI, or an OBASANJO – who all ruled long ago, and who are all advanced in age is a foray into the past, when we should be giving fresh political blood a chance to make a change.
A great mind tried to justify his complete shift from a BUHARI Candidacy to a shocking campaigning for an ATIKU thus:
The Presidential project is a long term undertaking .It is clear that none off the newbreed candidates stand an iota of chance based on the way our political landscape is structured currently.
Winning the Presidency will take sustained effort, and can’t happen in a year. It is too late to make any impact.
because the newcomers like Fela Durotoye haven not yet done the consistent work needed to make a splash in the presidential political ocean. Remember, election is iust four months away.
This is what has necessitated voting for the lesser evil in 2019 while a viable platform is being built for 2023/2027.
We also voted for the lesser of two evils when GEJ got shoved out. Why weren’t alternative platforms built right from the inception of this current government??
The feeling in some circles is that incompetence is a worse ill than corruption . That is the only explanation for choosing someone with some dark persistent corruption allegation over another that is most seen as not being personally corrupt.
Here is something I totally align with:
INCOMPETENCE might delay or make a National Journey longer but CORRUPTION destroys.
With the CORRUPT, you would find out that both the journey and even the means to embark on the journey would have been looted!
COMPETENCE can be taught and learned. Can CORRUPTION be unlearned?
COMPETENCE can be hired and contracted out, but corruption infects ALL that is good and brings reproach on a people.
We will talk the talk, and nothing really changes.. When will the youth ever take Nigeria back when our politics is all about money, and we keep recycling old leaders who haven’t done much for the polity – given the results we have so far ?
If Nigerians want to keep behaving like DOGS OF POLITICS and prefer to return to the political vomit of (sixteen) years ago, good luck to them.