With recent unpleasant events unfolding around the world, it seems almost impossible to predict what the future holds. While still trying to curtail a global pandemic, various countries are presently facing challenges that we will consider awkward. Challenges that can be easily averted if the right measures are put in place.
Yemen for instance, a country in the middle east, is presently raging with a civil war that has claimed more than 16,000 lives and left about 13 million people on the brink of starvation. The conflict in Yemen has its roots in the failure of a political transition. United States of America, aside from recording the highest cases and death rate from corona virus (over 2 million Coronavirus cases and over 110 thousand deaths as at June 18, 2020 in United states.), is experiencing civil unrest sparked by extreme racism and police excessive brutality. Burundi, a country in East Africa with a population of about 11 million, disregarded safety measures to prevent Coronavirus by going ahead to hold general elections on 20 May, 2020 amid COVID-19 pandemic. The outgoing president of Burundi, however, died of a sudden illness, suspected to be COVID-19 in June 2020, and his wife, according to unconfirmed reports was flown to Nairobi, the Kenyan capital after contracting COVID-19. The late Burundi president refused to impose restrictions despite the threat posed by Coronavirus pandemic, by allowing sporting events and mass political rallies to go ahead. Nigeria, the previously admired giant of Africa, since the sudden rise in insurgency activities dating back to 2009, especially in the North-Eastern parts of the country, has failed to put an end to these menaces. Boko Haram, the terror group operating in North-East Nigeria, has killed tens of thousands of both civilians and military, and displaced over 2 million people from their homes and was at one time the world’s deadliest terror group according to the Global Terrorism Index.
There are tons of issues you will find in almost all countries of the world, each country having their own peculiar challenges. The uniting factor or something most nations with challenges have in common, is that; they all look up to politicians, expecting them to create solutions to these problems and they also point accusing fingers at politicians as the creators of these challenges.
WHO ARE POLITICIANS
Politicians rule the world and this is because; politics is the activities associated with governance of a country or area. A politician who secures a position in government will have an increasing power over the people being governed and will also have an improved status. When a politician makes a bad decision, the people being governed suffer for it and likewise, when a politician makes a good decision, the people benefit from it. From developed countries to developing countries, the importance of politicians cannot be overemphasized. They simply dictate what happens in their countries, some are even powerful enough to dictate what happens in other countries.
THEY ARE IN CHARGE
Considering how important the job of a politician is, bearing in mind that it also affects a lot of lives, it is catastrophic for good people of high moral standing and knowledge, to not get involved in politics. Politicians are in charge, no doubt, and it is important that good people are in control of political powers over the world.
The silence and lack of participation of good people in politics, makes the situation really bad and can be described as lack of bravery or cowardly conformity to mediocrity.
The process to attaining political power is quite gruesome as we have seen so far. The truth is, if people with little or no empathy for human lives and the society can go through rigorous processes to attain a political position simply to cause havocs, then good people need to rise up to the occasion and raise a stiff opposition to ensure that they seize power so as to make the world a better place. Nelson Mandela is a perfect example of a good man who embraced politics and was able to transform the world, not just his country alone.
It is time for good people to brace themselves and embrace politics with bravery. Whether it is a platform of leading a small group of people within the community by appointment or election to representing a community, leading a state or a whole nation, good people must take responsibilities, especially in leadership.
When good people are in authority, the masses are happy, but when the bad are in power, the masses suffer.
Politics is a platform to dedicate to and have a life of service for a greater good not a platform of tyranny, oppression and looting.
The truth is; Politics is not a dirty game. A good friend of mine pointed out that Politics is a clean and beautiful game presently played by people with dirty mindset.
It is way better to die for a cause than to live for nothing.
Just a piece of my heart.
Heart of Dave.