Atiku: Why politicians cry! – By Okechukwu Nwafor

Atiku’s cry over the purchase of his presidential nomination form by his supporters is but one example of crying politicians not just in the history of Nigerian politics but elsewhere. For example while taking an oath of office, George Washington, President of the United States, was moved to tears when he beheld a mammoth crowd that bustled with praises and applause in recognition of his unparalleled commitment in leading America to victory. President Abraham Lincoln wept often. One of his most emotional tears being when his longtime rival, Stephen A. Douglas, died of Typhoid fever on June 3, 1961. Winston Churchill once in a while shed tears in parliament. Hilary Clinton broke down in tears when she lost to Obama in Iowa primary in 2008. That move skillfully endeared her to many women voters.

In 1952, during a national broadcast, President Richard Nixon broke into tears as he defended himself against charges of misappropriation. President Bill Clinton cried when he discovered he was being filmed in the funeral of Rob Brown, his Secretary of Commerce, who died in a plane crash in Croatia. Tony Blair, former British Prime minister, shed tears many times over dead victims of Iraq war.

In 2012, in remembrance of the victims of the Connecticut shooting as he defended his executive actions on gun control, President Barack Obama wept openly. He also cried at other times on the same gun control issue.

In fact, the list continues. However, one remarkable vignette that runs through the above cries of American and British politicians is a predilection for the humanistic. None of the above tears bore a strong insignia of self-indulgence that would be perceived in Atiku’s tears. For example, Atiku’s tears were occasioned by the purchase of his party nomination form by his party supporters. And we all know that in Nigeria the humanistic is never epitomized by party supporters.

Party supporters are leeches, most often represented by thugs, bandits, and desperadoes patiently waiting to suck the emergent winner dry. They do not have the interest of the larger Nigerian populace at heart. Their dubious political arithmetic had already multiplied their gains, in financial terms, for contributing towards the purchase of the form. In their dubious political calculations, that nomination form would soon beget millions of dollars translated into houses in Asokoro, London, New York, Cape Town, and, in the style of many Nigerian politicians, billions of dollars in US, Swiss, British and Western Banks. This will ensure that a thousand generation of their lineage will remain stupendously rich.

Atiku should not be moved to tears by such gestures. Such gesture is anti-humanistic, cabalistic, narrow-minded and ultimately not a good reason for shedding political tears. He should learn from his western counterparts and look for some good humanistic reasons to shed tears.


By Okechukwu Nwafor

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