By Sam Kputu
1. Politics, like religion, is driven by belief. For those who believe, no evidence is necessary. For those who don’t, no evidence is enough. There is therefore no such a thing as “the best” political option, we only have our preferences.
2. In politics, it is the brave, not necessarily the brilliant, that step out into the arena. The brilliant, more often that not, remain on the side lines as commentators and critics.
3.The most important instrument in the political process is not the PVC (permanent voters card) but the PRC (party registration card). For it is those who hold the PRC that throw up who they want, at their party congresses, for those with PVC to decide who they like on election days.
4. In a democracy, whether parliamentary or presidential, the rule of law reigns._ _Those who make and interprete the laws therefore control the process. The legislature and judiciary then becomes more critical than the executive arm.
5.The politicians any people allow into power, anyhow they do, are more a reflection of the character and values of citizens than those of the political actors. For the most important office in the land is THE OFFICE OF THE CITIZEN.
6. Politicians hardly set out to solve (all) our problems. They leave or create enough to fill their manifestos at the next election. For without problems, there is no political agenda.
7. Finally, for those seeking the kingdom and righteousness of God, it never comes through the political process. For the best politics produces is social righteousness, something every society will always need. The righteousness of God, however, is revealed through the proclamation and affirmation of The Gospel. *SOCIAL RIGHTEOUSNESS IS OFTEN A PRODUCT OF REVIVAL AND SPIRITUAL AWAKENING IN THE LAND*
© Buti Sam KPUTU, writes from Lagos, Nigeria