The Lunacy of Politics In Africa

Too often than not, it is a given in Africa that a political class springs to the national stage, after years if not decades of clamoring and grinding for political power flaring lofty promises to the masses of the people, that should they get elected they will offer “Paradise” to their people. From what we know, all these grandeur promises are a mere facade and bloody rhetoric, as available records show that as soon as these African politicians accentuate to the helm, the national agenda automatically shifts from the “Masses Agenda”  to the “Ruling Group Agenda”. The ruling buzzards’ vested socioeconomic interest is heralded above the masses’ interest. The masses of the people on whose backs the ruling class rises to power become ordinary subjects and crudely subjected to blistering and perpetual socio-economic hardship. Life becomes a “Pendulum of Trauma” for the people who devolved power onto the politicians through the power of their votes, while the politicians delight and lust in the glory and sweets of officialdom.

The scourges of subjugation, deprivation, dehumanization, pauperization and other forms of anomalous conditions become the overriding and dire fate of the people. As they live their garish lifestyles, acquire condominiums, exotic cars, private jets, pleasurable yacht cruises, the economic empowerment of the people does not concern them any longer. The political stability of the state is not a priority. The social transformation of the nation to equally propel ALL, not FEW to nobler heights is of no relevance to them. The peace and tranquility of the nation they care not. The singular objective afoot is to enrich the ruler and his avowed apologists, nothing more, nothing less. This is the sad narrative of African politics or “POLI-TRICKS”.

This can also be described as the psychosis of politics in Africa. The cognition of African leaders is that the acquisition of power presents them a golden opportunity to loot and plunder the resources of their countries, amass bloody wealth, glee in grandiosity while their people perish scorching socioeconomic despair. I call this barbaric, and I could even describe it as an act of monstrosity. The African leader’s lust for material wealth is unimaginable, to say the least. With such a dissonant, obnoxious, and ludicrous mindset, African leaders and their adherents quickly fall to the whims of the tempting trappings of power and end up being subjects of adversarial public rebuke and rude resistance.

This is Africa, home to the world’s poorest people amid an abundance of natural resource wealth stuffed in its gorgeous belly. What a contradiction. What a conundrum. What a curse: public theft & graft, poverty, abuse of power, patronage politicking, marginalization, ethnicity, nepotism, sycophancy, impunity, mendacity, ignorance, diseases, lack of vision, parochialism, paranoia, conflict, instability, war, etc are the perennial ailments and iniquities of the African continent. Disdainful and disgraceful.

I strongly believe that the regular greed, nefarious, hawkish, reckless, senseless, and insensitive African politicians cannot change this unpalatable and disgusting narrative, and as long as they continue to rule over Africa, the continent will continue to suffer the fate of the “Rollercoaster Spell”. It will take “Soul Revolutionaries” to change the demeaning, disparaging, annoying, and ridiculous African narratives. Until then, the search for the African philosophical agenda continues.

It is not Uhuru yet!

Cde. writes Robert Moncio Kpadeh (Sage)

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