There has been a lot of ideologies when it comes to politics. A lot of people see politics as a dirty game.
Some pick little or no interest in politics, others feel it is only meant for the elites, and the few others
view it as government and the laws being made. To many, politics is complicated. Yes it is! But the
purpose of this article is to widen your horizon of understand and knowledge about politics. It is a way
more complicated than you think, yet simple.

POLITICS can be referred to be the art and science of governance.This is to say that politics is the art and
science of all the activities related to governing and administering a nation, group, system, family
and so on. Anywhere people are gathered, regardless of how formal or informal the gathering is, the
number of people in the gathering whether large or small, there is always politics.

However, the definition above implies that everybody, in one way or the other is involved in politics.
Indeed it plays a central role in every day Life. No organization is a political. Any organisation, once there
is bureaucracy, and deals with humanity is necessarily political. Why then do we run away from political
issues concerning the society? Take it or leave it, politics play a very huge role in shaping our society.
POLITICS is simply the process of turning the ideal of governance into reality. It is an instant shift from
ideal democratic governance towards political application. Unarguably, politics shapes governance


To be conscious on what is going on around you:
You should always know what takes place in the society you find yourself in. Know the things going on
around you. For instance, when a new law is enacted in your area, you need to know so you won’t be a
law breaker, even without knowing. Save yourself, save the people around you. Remember, no man is
ignorant of law before the court of law.

Involvement in government:

Yes, you need to have a say in what will happen. This does not necessarily means that you must be
involved in contesting for an electoral position, or active in a party campaign. By allowing your vote to
count, you have actively gotten yourself involved in the process of governance. Each vote makes a
difference. However, your involvement should not end on the election day, you also need to
continuously pay attention to the conversation of political issues, and holding the leaders accountable
for their decisions.

Your child will not ask you what political party were you in, but will ask what you did when you knew the
glaciers were melting.

Involvement in decision making :

Decisions people make affect you life in one way or the other. The decision made by the government is
likely to affect the tax you pay, the value of your income and many others.
Use your professionalism in decision making to impact lives. Save the future.

Enlightenment :

You will have less clearity of governance if you are less familiar with politics. When you lack the basic
knowledge of the complexities that shape your enviroment, society, influence you, your business, your
children, and everything around you, you are in a very fast track of losing you right.


Understanding how process of government (politics) works will open your eyes to know how majorly
government impacts almost every aspect of our lives, how laws are made, and whether they (laws) are
rightly implemented or not.

Your future generations will not ask you what political party you were in, they will ask you what you did
when things were falling apart. Get involved in affairs that matter concerning the governance of your
society for a better tomorrow. And as you do that, don’t forget that people’s political stances differ;
don’t be aggressive, don’t be defensive, don’t attempt to forcefully change everyone’s stance, for your
actions toward politics are what will sink in your children. Make politics entertaining, care about it,
because in today’s world, everything is political.

Remember, the greatest power is not money power, but political power.

Anambra 2021: Why you should support Hon. Chris Azubuogu, Mr Project.

Anambra 2021: Why you should support Hon. Chris Azubuogu, Mr Project.

Hon Chris Azubogu, the member representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo in the House of Representatives is a governorship aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2021 election in Anambra State. Among his constituents, Azubogu is called ‘Mr. Project’ because of the large number of projects he had attracted to the constituency.

Before going to the national assembly, the Engineer –turned politician provided critical economic development services for some state governments during which he learnt the workings of government.

Honourable Azubogu Chris Chukwuemeka Ifeanyi was born on December 24th, 1968. He hails from Nnewi in Anambra State, Nigeria. He is a Project Manager, IT Consultant, Agric Engineer, politician and lawmaker. He is currently serving a second term as a member of the Federal House of Representatives representing Nnewi North/Nnewi South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency.

Hon. Azubogu Ifeanyi Age

Hon. Azubogu Ifeanyi is 52 years old.

Hon. Azubogu Ifeanyi Early Life

Hon. Azubogu grew up in Nnewi, Anambra State. He earned his First School Leaving certificate (FSLC) in 1974 from Umunnealam Primary School Umudun Nnewi. In 1980, he passed his West African School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) at Okongwu Memorial Grammar School Nnewi. He thereafter proceeded to the prestigious University of Nigeria Nsukka where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 1985. He then took part in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

Hon. Azubogu Ifeanyi Career

Between 1988 and 1990, Hon. Chris worked at Adarice Production. He was at Nigerian Oil Mills Kano from 1990 to 1991. He worked as a contractor with SPDC beginning from 1998. He has also consulted for different state governments such as Rivers, Anambra and Enugu.

In 2011 Hon. Chris was elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Nnewi North/South/Ekwusigo Federal Constituency of Anambra State, under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He was re-elected in 2015. At the House he serves in the following committees; appropriations, interior, aids, loans & debt management, constituency outreach, agriculture, governmental affairs, and houses services/welfare.

Some of his bills include: a bill to alter section 15(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) aimed at altering the motto of Nigeria from “Unity and Faith, Peace and Progress” to “Justice and Equity, Peace and Progress”; the National Emergency Management Agency (establishment, etc.) Act (amendment) bill, 2013, with which he sought to amend the National Emergency Management Agency Act so as to merge Federal Fire Service establishment under Fire Emergency Management Act (establishment etc.), Act Cap N34 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to harmonize the activities of disaster management and emergencies, by so doing, avoiding duplicity of functions of the two agencies.

He is also the Deputy/Vice Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation.

Hon. Azubogu Ifeanyi Personal Life

Hon. Chris is married and blessed with children.

Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso: A Modern Architect of Contemporary Kano State (video)

Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso: A Modern Architect of Contemporary Kano State (video)

Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso is one of the most influential political actors whose true fame, reputations and popularity in the public eyes as well as among the ruling elites, are never underestimated. His world is a trembling flare and heaven but the highway for a shell. Tracking straight to his records, Kwankwaso is a bona-fide member of People’s Democratic Party. He served as a governor of Kano state from 1999 to 2003. When Nigerian government abolished military region to democratic system of government.

After his first tenure in office, he was appointed as the first minister of Defence of the fourth Republic from 2003 to 2007, under the platform of People Democratic Party (PDP) . This was indeed worthy and well deserving position. Somewhere in 2007, he was chosen as the Presidential Special Envoy to Somalia and Darfur by the Obasanjo administration, this was followed after he lost primary election from his party to contest in its gubernatorial seat of 2007. while thereafter, between 2011 to 2015, he was re-elected as an executive governor of Kano state. During this period, he remarkably performed an outstanding human and capital projects in the state. And in 2015, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso was then voted in to serve in the Senate Chamber, representing Kano state Central Senatorial District.

His political ideologies alone are the lighsts that illuminate people’s dreams and aspirations. He is a man with vast experiences in almost all human endeavours vis-a-vis politics, humanity, leadership, liberalism, patriotism and nationalism. Dr Musa Kwankwaso is undoubtedly a charismatic leader with forgiving and diamond heart and yet, that doesn’t call for one to take him lightly or for granted. He is a man of principles, insight, focus and positive thinking.

His senses of commitment, dedication and resilience pave ways for him to make his entry into the circle of best political gladiators that the northern part has ever produced. However, when he held the helm of leadership, numerous achievements were accomplished by him. Some of them include: establishment of Kano University of Science and Technology Wudil, the first and only university in the state at that time. While in his second tenure (2011- 2015), he reestablished another university, the “North West University” which is now known as “Maitama Sule University “. These two great universities are still functional, graduating both the indigenes and non -indigenes in the state.

Notwithstanding, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso established 26 academic and manpower development training institutes. Through these institutes, over 360,000 youths were trained and fully empowered. Some of the beneficiaries of this vocational empowerment are now self-employed; owned their businesses and hitherto, contributing towards the development and progress of the state.

Primary pupils were left behind, Dr. Rabi’u Musa was the one and the only first governor through out the federation that introduced free school feeding and uniform for primary pupils in the state. Children of the poor were given foods and school uniforms freely without pay. This was objectively meant to ease tensions and burden of responsibility to their parents. This work alone, exponentially skyrocketed the enrollment figures from one million in 2011 to three million in 2015. The literacy ratio in the state was grossly affected by this, which in turn increased the overall the state’s development.

His passion for education didn’t only stop there, it ascended to the introduction of free education at all levels of learning in the state. Primary, secondary, tertiary and university students enjoyed free education. No single student paid penny as a school fee after the declaration of free education afterwards. Added to that, he provided teaching and learning materials to the all educational institutes, centres and arenas so as to accelerate the output in teaching and learning.

More so, he built over 230 secondary schools out of which 47 were technical based colleges, 44 schools were for Islamic studies, a Chinese college, a French college, the first boarding Girls College as well as a Boys College in Damagaran and Niamey; jointly with the government of Niger Republic. He championed the construction of three flyovers to underpasses and overhead pedestrian bridges at different locations, parts and areas in the state. Kwankwanso executed 3 new modern cities such as Bandirawo, Kwankwasiyya and Amana.

In his last four years as the executive governor of Kano state, he awarded over 2,600 postgraduate and undergraduate foreign scholarship in 14 countries across the world. This was in addition to the local private university scholarship in Nigeria. His belief was that those who were opportune to study abroad, would have more chances to learn many practical skills that are not here in Nigerian schools and universities. And by extension, they would extensively see many ways to promote their country as done abroad.

Nigeria’s Past Heroes: Three Great Politicians of First Republic

Nigeria’s Past Heroes: Three Great Politicians of First Republic

Nigeria, being an epicentre of multiethnic groups in West Africa and the most highly populated country in Afican continent, has been blissfully hallowed beyond human understanding with great potentialities in its human and natural resources.

The country, like any other African nation, which became one of the British protectorate in 1901, struggled for its independence in the late 1950th.

However, through it independence movement, the country succeeded and its colonization lasted until 1960. The Federation of Nigeria was granted full independence on 1st October, 1960 under a constitution that provided for a parliamentary government and a substantial measure of self-government for the country’s three regions namely: Northern, Western and Eastern.

In all its regions, there were great men and women whose philosophies, ideologies and works had immensely contributed in reawakening the country’s sources of pride, peace and progress. Of course, history will never forget with some of the nation’s great personalities whose voices echoed high in championing the country’s independence as well as setting a good leadership example and developmental plan of the entire country.

Take for instance in Eastern region, ‘ Nnamdi Azikiwe who’s also referred as ” Zik “, was one of the Nigerian statesmen and a political leader who served as the first President of Nigeria from 1963 to 1966. He was Considered a driving force behind the nation’s independence, his experience helped in giving birth to numerous achievements.

Azikiwe became active in the Nigerian Youth Movement (NYM), the country’s first nationalist organization. He came to be known as the “father of Nigerian Nationalism ” .

He entered politics, co-founding the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC) with Herbert Macaulay in 1944. Azikiwe became the council’s secretary-general in 1946. He established the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1960.’ Notwithstanding, Queen Elizabeth II appointed him to the privy council of the United Kingdom.

He was made Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR), Nigeria’s highest national honour in 1980. He was removed from office in the 15th January 1966 military coup, and he was the most prominent politician to avoid assassination after the coup.

Azikiwe was a spokesman for Biafra and advised its leader, Chukuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, during the Biafra war (1967-1970). He switched his allegiance back to Nigeria during the war, and appealed to Ojukwu to end the war. This was to fact that things were out of control.

After the war, he was made a chancellor of the University of Lagos from 1972-1976. He joined the Nigeria People’s Party in 1978, making unsuccessful bids for the presidency in 1979 and 1983. He left politics involuntarily after the 31st December, 1983 military coup.

While in Northern region, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was one of the forestanding figures whose height reached the highest peak in bringing positive contribution to the country. He was elected in 1946 to the Northern House of Assembly, and to the Legislative Council in 1947.

As a legislator, he was a vocal advocate of the rights of Northern Nigeria. Balewa entered the government in 1952 as Minister of Works, and later served as Minister of Transport during a time Nigeria was moving towards self-government.

During his tenure at the transport ministry, both the Marine and Railway departments were transformed to corporations and the designs for a bridge over the Niger and plans for the Kainji Dam were developed.He retained the post as Prime Minister of Nigeria when Nigeria gained independence in 1960, and was reelected in 1964.

As Prime Minister of Nigeria, he played important roles in the continent’s formative indigenous rule. He was an important leader in the formation of the Organisation of African Unity and creating a cooperative relationship with French speaking African countries .

He was also instrumental in negotiations between Moise Tshombe and the Congolese authorities during the Congo Crisis of 1960–1964. He led a vocal protest against the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960 and also entered into an alliance with Commonwealth ministers who wanted South Africa to leave the Commonwealth in 1961.

In January 1960, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire . He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield in May 1960. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate of laws from the New York University in July 1961.

Moreover, the Western region wasn’t left behind in producing one of their kind who profoundly contributed toward the national growth.” Chief Obfemi Awolawo was a Nigerian nationalist and statesman that played a key role in Nigeria’s independence movement and also in the First and the Second Republics.

He was the first premier of the Western Region and later federal commissioner for finance, and vice chairman of the Federal Executive Council during the Nigerian Civil War. He was thrice a major contender for his country’s highest office. He started his career as a nationalist in the Nigerian Youth Movement in which he rose to become Western Provincial Secretary.

Awolowo was responsible for much of the progressive social legislation that has made Nigeria a modern nation. He was also the first Leader of Government Business and Minister of Local Government and Finance, and first Premier of the Western Region under Nigeria’s parliamentary system from 1952 to 1959. He was the official Leader of the Opposition in the federal parliament to the Balewa government from 1959 to 1963.”

“As premier, he proved to be and was viewed as a man of vision and a dynamic administrator. Awolowo was also the country’s leading social democratic politician. He supported limited public ownership and limited central planning in government. He believed that the state should channel Nigeria’s resources into education and state-led infrastructural development.

He introduced free primary education for all and free health care for children in the Western Region, established the first television service in Africa in 1959, and the Oduduwa Group, all of which were financed from the highly lucrative cocoa industry which was the mainstay of the regional economy.”

Looking at the aforementioned political figures, one will undoubtedly believe that their great works have helped in giving shape and direction to our country Nigeria. Their good qualities make them fit John C Maxwell’s definition of good leadership, “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

They have never been formally accused of corrupt-charges due to their unquestionable honesty and integrity. Contrariwise, in our modern Nigeria, the reverse is the case. Politicians lack focus and development plan for their people. They spearhead the ship of corruption and sail through the nation’s treasury, looting, embezzling and quenching the public fundst.

Insubordination, jingoism, mismanagement, infraction and mistrust are their kith and kin that become part of them. They have no emotional intelligence and empathy to connect with their teaming people. Unlike before, politicians of the first republic made closer connection with their people by sharing their concerns and understanding their people’s pains.

This is a wake-up call to all our contemporary politicians whose people’s trust, belief, expectation and leadership are put in their hands to honestly discharge their responsibilities without any misuse of trust for personal interest and aggrandizement.

They should always remember to have commitment, compassion, humility and transparency in all their endeavours, and expect to be accountable for their actions. This was what our past politicians (Azikiwe, Balewa and Awolawo) did and championed the minds of Nigerians. They still remain immortal even after their physical death and history keeps remembering them everyday as if they are alive. It worths to keep a good legacy than a bad one.