I have no problem with Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State. Infact, I use to admire his bluntness and penchant for idealism.
That was before he became the Governor of Kaduna State. Since becoming a Governor, El Rufai has just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wants to eat, but certainly no more.
His phenomenal slide from grace to moral grass makes me believe something must be intrinsically wrong with our body politics that seem to corrupt Angels into demons.
Otherwise, why would El Rufai opined that the people of Southern Kaduna are deliberately slaughtering themselves in order to get attention and financial palliative from government. That is the height of insensitivity and utter stupidity. And I am deliberately using the harshest words I can muster to convey my disgust!
It is same as saying that the victims of Boko Haram’s murderous onslaught are actually Boko Haram foot soldiers, killing themselves in order to get state pardon and rehabilitation from a welcoming Federal government. Infact the latter is more plausible than the former. Altogether, it is a stupid hypothesis.
Which makes me believe that one of the major qualifications of becoming a politician in Nigeria is possession of large doses of stupidity. This must be so because in Nigerian brand of politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria once told me never to underestimate the influence of stupid people in large groups such as Nigeria. I agree with him. Stupid leaders beget stupid policies, in turn swallowed by an equally stupid followership.
We really should be considering the moral implications of what we’re doing. What kind of species are we that we treat the rest of life so cheaply in this country? The redeeming thing about stupidity is that being stupid isn’t punishable by death. If it was, there would be a hell of a population drop in Nigerian political circles.
Perhaps, corruption isn’t the real threat to the Nigeria. The real threat here is clueless and stupid leadership and followership. When viewed like that, you will discover that stupidity is just as destructive as corruption, maybe more so, and it’s a hell of a lot more common.
What we really need is a national crusade against Stupidity in the corridors of powers. A sort of Moral Behavioural Commission Against Political Stupidity, (MBCAS), just like we have the EFCC.
That might actually make a difference!