SUPREME COURT JUDGMENTS AND THE NEW ‘NEEDLESSNESS’ FOR POLITICAL BOASTING
Yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment on the Bayelsa State gubernatorial election is another pointer that politics is the most unpredictable human activity/profession – and that politicians are the most untrustworthy and unpredictable. See eh, if you no get liver, if you no fit handle consistent disappointments, even at the 11th hour, no near politics. Politics is not for the fainthearted. Politics is for ‘daredevils’.
In this moment, the David Lyon family, immediate and extended, his kinsmen, his friends and associates, and his political party faithfuls (as the Emeka Ihedioha case before this), would be sad, grieving and disappointed – and one or two or three of these category may likely have a heart attack seeing that just a day before their man was to be sworn in as Bayelsa governor, their plans, agreements, dreams, boasts and ‘yanga’ came crashing down.
Although I empathize with each of them, this once again reminds me that with politics, just as there are no permanent friends and/or permanent enemies, political promises, contracts and agreements can be broken, deliberately or inadvertently, due to circumstances within and/or above the controls of political players – especially now that the Supreme Court is beginning to give unexpected judgments unlike before.
In this moment, the David Lyon family and camp are sad but as with every misfortune and fortune that happens to others, there are lessons for us, particularly young men like me, to learn. The main lesson for me here is as the Bible also admonished: we should not put our faith on earthly treasures – because they are temporal. This lesson becomes necessary because whenever I see young men publicly insult their elders because of politics; a very temporal and risky enterprise, I see primitive foolishness and unrivalled stupidity.
The young men who had bragged, boasted and insulted others after David Lyon was announced the winner by INEC would now hide their faces in shame – and because they have burnt bridges, they’d find it almost impossible saving face. And eh, “politics doesn’t have permanent friends and/or permanent enemies” doesn’t apply to young people who do not have intimidating political clots; young people who are mere political party cyber thugs/bullies and ballot box snatchers during elections. These ones can be ignored and discarded.
Remember: in each misfortune and fortune, there are always lessons for us to learn.
© Chad Otsapa