“It appears to me that we must have in the various legislative houses across the length and breadth of Nigeria, and especially at the National Assembly, men and women who refuse to be POLITICAL HALLELUYAH BOYS; men and women who can stand before executive demagogues and damn their canal prodigalities.”
These were the words of Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, former member, Federal House of Representatives. He was responding to a news interview question as to why he did not go back to the National Assembly after defecting from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the word ‘politics’ as “the activities of the government, members of law-making organizations or people who try to influence the way a country is governed.” ‘Political’ is the adjectival form of the word, ‘politics’ which is a noun. The same dictionary defines the word ‘Halleluyah’ as “an emotional expression of praise and thanks to God.”
Political Halleluyah Boys don’t thank God. Rather, their praises are channelled to mortals for fulfilling their selfish interests. God does not matter to Political Halleluyah Boys as much as their myopic interests. As the Holy Bible puts it, they are those “whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame” (Philippians 3:19 KJV). To them, any government in power that can fulfil their selfish interest is okay, even if such interest is against the national interest. The entire masses could be wiped out by poverty, insecurity and other vices for all they care. As long as they are excluded from experience of common bitter turmoil for the moment, no problems. Some of them are experts in what the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti referred to as ‘Government Magic.’ For instance, it was Political Halleluyah Boys who ensured that former Delta State Governor, James Ibori was acquitted of one hundred count charge from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) at a suddenly evolved High Court in Asaba, only to be convicted in the United Kingdom for the same offences. Examples of Political Halleluyah Boys are numerous in today’s Nigeria. Members of the Federal Executive Council who have of recent been telling the depressed and misgoverned over 180 million Nigerians that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock, even when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has not officially given a go-ahead for political campaigns towards the contest of 2019 Presidential elections, are good examples of Political Halleluyah Boys.
In recent months, several non-governmental organisations, whose true sponsors have remained unidentified, have emerged, campaigning aggressively for the return of one politician or the other to power after a first term in office. These are nothing but Political Halleluyah Boys. All the politicians at the federal, state and local government levels, who have defected between the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Peoples Congress (APC) and shamelessly returned to the same party they had left, after condemning such party, are all Political Halleluyah Boys.
It is no news that the known owners of some business organisations in Nigeria are not the actual owners of such organisations. These fronts are among the Political Halleluyah Boys.
As Nigeria prepares for general elections in 2019, there are known corrupt politicians who are working towards either contesting for political positions or getting political appointments in 2018. These are mere Political Halleluyah Boys.
I may not mention names here because I love Nigeria more than myself. But the Political Halleluyah Boys are so many. They are in Aso Rock, in the Nigerian civil service, in the private sector, in Sambisa Forest, in the military, at every state capital, the judiciary, on the Nigerian streets, in the churches, mosques, family circles. They are just everywhere in Nigeria and this is their time.