Godfatherism and Democracy in Nigeria: Lessons From the Old Testament
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Going by the recent hand over from one civilian government to another in Nigeria, one would quickly conclude that democracy has come to stay. This is a welcome development. However, there is a feature in this democracy, which in actual sense is capable of rubbishing the whole essence of democracy and that is godfatherism. This is a concept that is found operational or in use else where both in the church and other social or economic undertakings. Even in politics, godfatherism is as old as politics itself. From the look of things in Nigerian society, the practice of godfatherism is prominent. The godfathers are more or less the political slave merchants while the godsons are the political slaves or political articles for sale. The godsons are purchased with big sum of money under demonic oath. Their aims include appointments, stealing, robbery and looting of government treasury. Arising from this backdrop therefore, the aim of this paper is to re-establish the fact that godfatherism is needed in any system such as politics. Again the paper aims at pointing at the biblical pattern of godfatherism, which is more of mentoring than opportunistic lords. It is believed that when godfatherism in Nigeria politics is practiced in the light of mentorship as found in the bible, politics and democracy will be cherished human practices.
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