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In A Democracy, Politics Is Everyone’s Duty!



Politics is for everybody. There is an aphorism that man is a political animal, therefore everyone is a politician!

Man lives in society and politics is simply the process by which society is governed! It is that process through which leaders emerge to exercise civil authority or dominance, whether formally via elections or  informally via communal interactions!

Many people wrongly think that politics is for other people. How wrongcan they be? They are very wrong. Politics is everybody’s business because politics affects everyone and everybody!

Politics determines whether you get a job or not. Politics determines whether you are safe or not. Politics determines the quality of education available to your kids. It determines the value of the money in your pocket and the kind of road you drive on!

Indeed, politics is both the blood and the heart of a nation and its people. Politics as far as society is concerned is the life of society and should be the concern of everyone in the society.

It is in politics that man moves and lives and has his being! It cannot be otherwise since man lives in society and society must be orderly for man to thrive and bloom in it! Without a system of governance, society can never be able to serve man efficiently and effectively! Democracy is undoubtedly the most inclusive system for achieving that. Without citizen participation, democracy becomes but a sham!

Democracy requires your participation not only to vote but also to be voted for. Indeed the process of democracy does not start and end with elections. On the contrary, elections are one of the many processes that make democracy the beauty that it is.

You cannot think of elections without thinking of the ideas on which and with which a society or nation ought to be governed! Political ideology is the soul of political systems. Ideology simply put is the ideals with which a nation and its political system are run.

A political system without ideology is a system bereft of ethics. This is possible only because the citizenry have erroneously left politics to professional politicians. That can only be as good as leaving the living in the care of mortuary owners and their business!

Without the active participation and watchfulness of citizens, politics degenerates into a mere business of profit for the politicians. And that can never be good for a country. It is for this reason that the idea of universal suffrage evolved. Man cannot be efficiently governed without his participation in the choice of who exercises the power of civic authority!

Once upon a time, priests ruled and it was called theocracy. Then elders ruled and it was called gerontocracy. Then the rich families ruled and it was called aristocracy and oligarchy, which is the rule of the few.

But sociology and political science agreed that democracy, which necessitates the participation of everyone is the best form of government that man has evolved. Unfortunately, too many people do not bother participate because they are ignorant of the importance and necessity of their participation. They think that they are too busy and too holy for politics!

You cannot rule yourself out of involvement in choosing leaders, only for you to come up to complain about bad governance or lousy government policies! Its like a man who refused to eat, yet, he comes around to complain of hunger or the one who refused to farm only to come up to complain that he has nothing to harvest!

If you want a better society, go out there and work for it. Engage in civic education. Engage your representatives in debates on the direction your community wants to go and should go. Politics is not only being in a political party or standing for elections, politics is also community activism.

A man who works to see good come to his community is engaging in politics. The one who stands akimbo and feigns “siddon look” is precisely the sort of person who makes it possible for thugs, cultists and other misfits to hijack both the political process and the treasury.

How can a crowd of dubious characters deliver good governance? How can thugs and sundry election hijackers do the public any good? The way out of the current situation is for everyone, I mean everyone above 18 to become active in politics. That is the only way to national progress and redemption!

The more people get involved in the process, the more likely it is that the bad people will be in the minority. The more sanity there is, the more likely that the insane will be crowded out of politics and rulership.

The moment people realise this, from that moment, politics and political engagement will change. I repeat, politics is not just about elections and political parties, politics is the totality of social activism for a better society. It is a job for everyone because everybody will benefit from good governance, so everyone should be involved in the process. Just like everyone suffers from bad governance when society allows the evil minded to rule.