“POLITICS OR PÒ-LITICS?” BY OLADIPUPO OBISANWO

I stand to aver that Nigeria has no political sphere. What she does have is a ‘pò-litical sphere’. You might want to ask: “What does pò-litics mean?” Simply put, it is the system of rulership in Nigeria.

The BREAKDOWN:
The word, “pò-“, is native to the Yoruba tribe. It is an adjectival morpheme, and means “plenty or abundant”. As for “-litics”, let’s just say it means politics.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP?
Politics is simply the sphere of life whereby an individual or a group of people take on leadership inclinations, primarily for the interest of all. It is subject to context. For example, church politics, school politics, American politics, China politics, etc.
However, there is a brutal reversal of the essence of politics in its manifestations in Nigeria. While politics should be for the good of all, the Nigerian version, especially, has proven that politics is for the benefit of the few involved. Truth be told, more than 90% of Nigerian politicians care less about the masses (that’s even if they care at all). They go into politics to amass wealth, fame and power. In other words, the rationale behind their venture into politics is to get the above in abundance: the true essence of the word, pò.
By the above, the perpetual news of embezzlement of colossal amount of funds by politicians is less astonishing.
In sum, unless much is consciously done to distant “PÒ-LITICS” from the Nigerian politics, Nigeria can never amount to anything politically.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO
When next anyone tells you she wants to go into politics, ask the question, “Do you really want to be a politician or a pò-litician?

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