Men's Roundtable Nigerian politicians and their buttered bread

Nigerian politicians are a rare breed and a law onto themselves as they do things that will be frowned upon in saner climes but here, it is accepted as the norm.

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It is often said that Nigerian politicians are a rare breed and Nigerians have been witnessing the truth in this saying, especially with the way our politicians behave.

There are marked differences in the way they act compared to their counterparts in other climes and it makes one wonder why we have the breed we have here.

Since the inception of the new democratic dispensation in 1999, politicians in the country have continued to baffle the ordinary citizens with their antics which smirks of nothing but crass shenanigans, especially when it comes to their bread being buttered.

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It will not surprise many that the politicians are only after what they will get in political offices and they do not give a hoot about the people they are supposed to serve.

In fact, becoming a politician in Nigeria is the surest way of becoming rich. No wonder they do everything they can to get into power, including killing their opponents, running underground foot soldiers whom they furnish with dangerous weapons, ballot box snatching, rigging and all sorts of things.

And once they get into power, they spend more time looting the common wealth of the country, stashing trillions in foreign banks, burying some in soak away pits, farms, investing in places other than their country.

But the one that has got many talking is the spate of cross-carpeting our politicians embark upon, a kind of bandwagon hopping from one party to the other.

We have seen many politicians who hop from one party to the other, especially the party in power, just to still stay relevant in the scheme of things or to seek for political positions.

The most annoying is the fact that the new party accepts them with open arms, even those who have been indicted for various criminal offences suddenly become saints once they get into the ruling party.

Examples are aplenty, from former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, who, despite a plethora of allegations against him, is now the Minister of Transport. Even President Muhammadu Buhari seems to be happy with Amaechi and any allegation against him is just what it is.

Former Governor of Plateau State and now Senator, Joshua Dariye, was charged to court for allegedly syphoning the state’s ecological fund to the tune of N1.16 billion.

In 2004, Dariye fled the United Kingdom where he was being tried for money laundering and promptly ran back to the country, where he became a Senator.

Just some months ago, attempts were made to reopen the charges but Dariye promptly decamped to the ruling APC and the drums were rolled out to welcome him. The case is promptly forgotten with many now extolling his virtues as a saint.

The duo of Joshua Dariye and Orji Kalu are the new saints in the APC play

The duo of Joshua Dariye and Orji Kalu are the new saints in the APC

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Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva had a running battle with the EFCC over allegations of corruptly enriching himself while he was in power. But what did he do? He decamped to the APC and even contested to be governor again.

Today, the charges have been swept under the carpet and no one remembers them again.

But the most recent case of Orji Uzor Kalu decamping to the APC is the most hilarious. Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State, was a member of the PDP and served the state for eight years, then he left to form his own party, PPA, on which platform he installed his stooge, Theodore Orji.

He then fell out with his god-son, went back to the PDP, contested for the Senate and lost. In October, the EFCC dragged Orji to court on 34 counts of money laundering.

He was said to have stolen billions of money from the state coffers but just two weeks ago, Orji promptly decamped to the ruling APC, where he was received by the party Chairman, John Oyegun.

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Now the top echelon of the party has been commending him for the decision with Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha calling him a vital asset to the party.

It will then be no wonder if the charges are never heard again, after all, he is now a saint and the allegations are just what they are.

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