Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Politicking the Ben Akak Way by Michael Bassey

"Man is by nature a political animal" -Aristotle

According to Aristotle, humans have an impulse toward a partnership with others because humans cannot flourish on their own. Happiness for humans requires that they form partnerships with others. So politics exists in everything we do as humans. Politicking is thus an integral part of human behaviour. Essentially, politicking is the activity undertaken for political reasons or ends.

In Nigeria, most politicians politic without recourse to political correctness. Being politically correct means believing that language and actions that could be offensive to others, especially those relating to gender, ethnicity and religion should be avoided. So also should slander, malice, character assassination, violence and manipulation of the electoral process be avoided.

Sadly, the above attributes encapsulate the average Nigerian politician today, who has taken desperation to extreme heights. The average Nigerian politician is Machiavellian in nature, where the end justifies the means. The Nigerian political environment is a manifest example of the Darwinian Theory of evolution where only the fittest survive. The fittest here refer to those politicians who employ all the above mentioned practices to achieve their objectives.

But it is not all doom and gloom. There is a crop of emerging political leaders who are poised to consign the above unsavory narrative into the dustbin of history. They are practical advocates of  playing politics with ethics. These are the people's champions waiting to ascend various leadership positions in  Nigeria come 2023.

In Cross River State, Engr. Ben Akak, a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress belongs to this category of new breed politicians. He is a ready example of a politician guided by good ethics. Yes, Ben Akak is a good reference for having "good ethics" and "Nigerian politics" in the same sentence.

In his own words:
"I believe in playing politics the Godly way. We must always let God to take the lead because He alone make leaders. I am not desperate and will never disparage my opponents or anyone for that matter. I was brought up to be respectful to my elders and fellow humans. These are the centrepieces of my politics". 
Little wonder that so many people have taken to Ben Akak like bees to honey. His style is refreshing. His messaging is essential and objective. His conduct is graceful. Above all, his disposition is humane and God-fearing. There is no doubt that Cross River State is in dire need of a leader that has these attributes inherent in him. Cross River State needs Ben Akak.

From all indications, Akak's impending electoral victory is a question of when, and not if. That being the case, a lot will be down to his humane personality and his firm belief in the God factor. Because these are the driving forces of the Ben Akak revolution coursing though the State. There is still room on the train. Get on board and be a part of a new, positive and refreshing chapter in the history of Cross River State.

Michael Bassey is a Calabar based  public affairs commentator.