The Danger of Negative Precedence

Written by Idede Oseyande

“The Devil has a protégé”

Some years back, after I left the university, some members of the Students’ Union Government came to me for advice, and I gladly gave them. They were not satisfied. “Old age is making Osesky soft”, they thought. Perceiving what was going on in their minds, I asked why they weren’t convinced about the counsel I gave them? They felt doing what I wanted them to do, would portray them to be soft and ‘chicken-livered’. One of them bluntly told me, “Baba Osesky, we know your story ooooooo; if na you, you go beg?”

At another time, I read about a growing misunderstanding between the electoral committee and the Students’ Union Government over the time schedule for elections of principal officers into the legislative arm of the Union. Ironically, what the students were defending as the “ancient landmark” that must not be changed, was the exact thing some Honourables in my time wanted to change due to the effect it had on their academics. Late night sittings and deliberations frustrated some students from being effective legislators on campus, while those that gave their all to attend the late night sittings, complained of the repercussions on their grades.

The most recent issue is the campaign against paying for awards, and the presentation of some senseless awards like “Casanova award”. If they get married and have kids, what will they tell their kids that the award meant? And it baffles me seeing people defend these ugly trends with a lame defense like; “that is how we met it”.

Anytime the standard is dropped in any sphere of human endeavours, I feel sad. This is because someone somewhere will copy that mistake as a norm. When push comes to shove, that precedence will give another person the moral courage to take that low path; after all someone else has done it in the past.

Politics of calumny started by the desperation of some persons to get hold of power; today, it is a norm. Stomach infrastructure started by someone; today, it is a norm. Unapologetic vote buying and selling is now on board, and we are perfecting the process of making it a norm. Politics without ideology has been a norm in Nigeria since I knew my left from my right, and today we are suffering it. Using state apparatus to choke and oppress opposition was initiated by someone; today, it is a norm. Saraki and his cohorts are replaying the repeat of what Amaechi and his gangs did in 2014, we are celebrating them, and cementing the process, while endorsing it as a political syllabus for upcoming politicians. It is now a norm.

Let me end this with the line of Adigun H., “We built this Place”. By the time the protégé of these dastardly characters we have created start full operations, there will be nowhere to run to.

In all you do, always remember that the “Devil has a Protégé”. Unknown ‘mentees’ are everywhere watching and learning.

Enough said!

IDEDE Oseyande, a concerned political observer, writes from Uzebba in Edo state.

About the author

Idede Oseyande

IDEDE Oseyande, a graduate of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, is an unrepentant believer in the Nigeria project.
His concern for the actualisation of a prosperous nation and the continent, in general, is reflected in his written works.

He currently runs an online advocacy platform (www.socialwatchdog.ng) where he engages the government and the people.

Among his published works are 'What is Left of What is Right?', 'The Portrait of a Revolutionary Leader' and 'Warri No Dey Carry Last'.

He is a guest writer for several blogs and his Attitudinal and Behavioral Coaching classes has transformed many lives.

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