Discussing Politics (The Right Way)

Game of Thrones, the famous drama series, gave us some very compelling characters. These characters were so exciting that we created fan pages to discuss about them.

One of the most interesting characters in the series is Lord Petyr Baelish, known also as Littlefinger. Like every other prominent individual in Westeros, he sought after power and affluence.

And, we must admit, Littlefinger was a master at the game. He orchestrated some brilliant, albeit devilish, schemes to achieve his aims.

Anyway, I’m talking about him because he was one of our favourite characters in the show, and we enjoyed the manner in which he pushed the story forward—despite his villainous disposition.

Anyone who followed the series will agree with me that Game of Thrones (GoT) is not unlike the power tussle involved in real life politics. Only that the latter is less of a fantasy.

Here follows my actual point, though:

Many of our people discuss politics like it is some sort of TV show.

I don’t deny the fact that politics can be intriguing and should definitely attract conversations.

However, it is quite disturbing that we glamorise these politicians and their godforsaken power play.

We can gush over our favourite characters in a TV show all we want, even when they’re portrayed as morally bankrupt. We can even admire their roguish schemes.

But it mustn’t be so with politics.

Unlike TV shows, politics is real. The actions of these politicians actually define the course of our lives. How then can we analyse their actions with the same lens we use to view fictional characters?

I can afford to watch Littlefinger implement all his evil plans, and actually enjoy it. But I can’t afford to be equally regaled when a Nigerian politician masterminds a similar scheme.

Politicians are not fictional characters, neither are they celebrities.

Admitted, some of them do deserve our high esteem and honour; but even the best of them should not be glamorised.

Sadly enough, these politicians know how to put up a good show; sometimes, even at the expense of human life. The most prominent of them will orchestrate—like Littlefinger—mephistophelean plots to claim power for themselves.

When it occurs in a fictional world like that of House of Cards or GoT, I am properly entertained. But, in real life politics?—No. It is just shameful.

Someone would ask, “why is Revival ranting?”

To be honest, I’m just fed up listening to adults, even the literates among them, talk about politics like it is Big Brother Naija.

They show no real bitterness discussing the shenanigans of these politicians; no constructiveness whatsoever in their arguments. They just romanticize.

Some of us even go to the extent of celebrating corrupt politicians for the smart moves they make, as if Nigeria was a chessboard (No, it’s not!)

Don’t misunderstand me, and don’t misquote me; it is good—in fact, very important—that we discuss politics and political activities in our country.

But the conversation must go beyond mere banters and bragging rights.

It must be constructive, academic; and in Nigeria’s case, most especially, it must be painful and solemn. Nothing to be enjoyed. Absolutely nothing. Just shambles and shamefulness.

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