down memory lane, I remember Fela’s hit & evergreen song
– ‘Na POI’. But I am not singing now but ruminating on
another type of POI. I call this particular one
‘Political Osteogenesis Imperfecta.
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a genetic problem that
causes bones to break easily, often for little or no
obvious reason. As many as 50,000 Americans currently
have OI, and there are at least four forms of the
is a rare genetic condition which stunts growth and
causes underdeveloped lungs and brittle bones; so when
this disease affects the Political gene, the result is
Political Osteogenesis Imperfecta known as POI.
Politics is a game that enables the enthronement of
Power and Leadership. The Political game varies from
Country to Country. In a Country where the rule of law
is sacrosanct and uppermost in the minds of the people;
they enjoy full democracy, transparent governance and
free will in the choice of their leaders. Our bane in
Nigeria is poor judgment, misplaced priority and lack
luster for rapid development of Infrastructure. The
germane decision of re-awakening Nigeria Nation has over
the decades been over-looked; yet there is a re-cycling
of same decision maker in the leadership of the Country.
In developed Countries & Economies, Youths are making
waves while here in Nigeria old tired men want to
continue to rule despite dwindling knowledge and
strength. They present themselves as Messiahs and some
of the youths that have been given rare opportunity at
highest levels of leadership are displaying stunted
growth in their macabre behaviours. Is Nigeria a cursed
Nation? Capital NO! But we truly need God’s directed
revolution or surgery for the POI ailment.
Serious politickings is all over the Country at present
with many political parties getting ready for primaries
OR have concluded their primaries (selection or
nomination); rarely democratic election like it happens
in developed economies and Countries. The ‘Me’
categories have more opportunities than the ‘You’. Real
Democracy should be the ‘You’ and not the ‘Me’ but the
political situation and politicians in Nigeria are
affected by Political Osteogenesis imperfecta. This is a
very serious disease that needs medical attention. The
OI is a genetic disorder that is present at birth. It is
caused by an abnormality in collagen.
So also the POI is present at the formation of political
parties. Is there any serious Country with over sixty
(60) Political parties with only about four (4) of them
winning any election and still maintaining those other
dead on arrival (DOA) parties? No, I believe this can
only happen in Nigeria; home grown democracy.
During the crisis of the Civil War, Frederick Douglas
said, "The life of a nation is secure only while
the nation is honest, truthful, and virtuous."
(1865). Somewhere along the way we shifted gears and
covertly turned a cold shoulder to such notions. And now
we are a Nation more given to Vices
than to Virtues.
How did this happen? Somewhere back there several years
ago, a group of so-and-so's decided to do a social
experiment, which was founded upon the faulty notion
that Life and all things in it is better without God.
Business is better without God. Politicking
better without God. Education is better without God. Sex
is better without God. Money is better without God.
Society is better without God. The Arts are better
now see the full fruit of these seeds in the dismal
indifference which characterizes a society of
non-virtuous people. Selfishness trumps self-sacrifice;
personal interests take priority over the needs and
concerns of others; petty arguments have replaced great
debates — and the
"ME, ME, ME," all the way home. Nigerians
have become fragile and ordinary bones with the milking
of the Nation’s resources. Let us do a kind of SWOT
analysis at this point on the symptoms of OI and POI.
In the four most common types of OI,
Loose joints and muscle weakness
Sclera (whites of the eyes) may have a blue, purple, or
Tendency toward spinal curvature
Nigerian Masses have become bones due to POI. It is only
in and through
win and keep governmental control. A politician’s
business is politics; one who has been elected to a position
in government. Someone who is skilled at dealing with
people in a way that is advantageous to himself or
herself, or at using a system to his or her advantage.
Power. Intelligence. Athletic ability. Efficiency.
Winning. Affluence. Visibility;
are among the values we hold in high esteem,
idolize… even worship. Human frailty, failure, weakness,
and poverty we avoid like the plague.
Certain acts are directly recognized as universally and
unconditionally wrong. Falsehood for example is known to
be wrong, not from its own incompatibility with social
well-being but from its very nature. Honesty is seen to
be right in itself, and not because of its beneficent
economic and social results. Nigeria’s wealth has been
hijacked by a few, leaving
majority weak and unable to defend them-selves. This
Comatose situation is largely due to
So what happens when God decides to deal with our pride
through illness and frailty… possibly through failure?
What happens when we cannot call the shots, control the
circumstances, or determine the outcome? Is our peace of
mind and our sense of worth so fragile that it is
predicated upon the guarantee of life's optimum
circumstances or upon a continual string of successes
There is a dire need to enthrone righteousness in the
politics of this Country. It is imperative therefore for
us as a Nation to produce righteous Leaders. Only a
righteous leader can rescue the nation from the present
downstream situation. This is the only way to expunge
the POI viruses i.e. ethnicity, nepotism, favoritism,
greed, caprices, ‘419nism’, etc. from our polity.
Treatment for POI can be done only by
Infusion and transfusion of new ideas, new meanings, new
orientation, new game plan, and new players. Political
Players that are faithful, honest and righteous can do
this. Political players with Conscience,
Character, Honesty and Integrity can
do the magic.
Spiritual and physical healthy politicians must take a
stand in order to achieve morality, selflessness,
justice and integrity in Politics and government without
which this generation and the coming generation may
never have a taste of peace, security and even
prosperity in our Country.
wide spread satanic encroachment in all public
institutions of our Country.
Basically our conscience is God’s programming us to know
His will. This is why so many people today suffer from
guilt complexes - because they are operating against
what their consciences tell them is right.
As long as we are relying upon our accomplishments or
bowing to the world's idols to gain our peace or sense
of worth, God is unable to work in and through us.
Because it is only in our weakness… yes, in our
dependency upon Him that He chooses to work and to give
Who is to
the spread of POI?
You, I, all of us, are to enthrone righteousness in
politics. We are all political animals. As long
as you cast your vote in any election you are part of
the system. That your lone
vote can actually build on a foundation of
righteousness; using your vote wisely, voting the
personality with integrity and character according to
the dictates of your conscience. Character is the
sum-total of personal traits possessed by an individual
that makes him what he is. Character has special
reference to moral qualities, ethical standards and
principles, which guide a person’s conduct and cause him
to choose one course of action over another. One vital
aspect we must consider is the concept of honesty and
integrity in the politics of any nation. The dictionary
defines integrity as soundness of moral principles and
character, uprightness and honesty. Integrity means
living by laws – both God’s laws and those of the
society. Integrity presupposes that there is a situation
and a desire to live by it. A person who lives by
integrity will aim to do right and to wrong no one. His
conscience will be clear, both towards God and Man,
must learn to walk in integrity, blameless and with
conscience. Some people act against what their
conscience tells them for so long that eventually their
conscience becomes numb – seared – no longer sensitive
to right and wrong. Election is an integral part of
politics. Election involves moral responsibility.
Politicians must see their elections to offices
as special priviledges, they should look at them
as participation in the purpose of God in the world.
Many people are deceived on this matter. They wrongly
assume that they will not have to face the consequences
of the "daily seeds" they are planting. To hold such an
inaccurate perspective is actually a mockery against
God, who established this principle. "Do not
be deceived, God is not mocked."
Every person is sowing spiritual seeds every day of
their lives: either, seeds of "his flesh"
or seeds of "the Spirit." The harvest for
each person is thereby determined: either, "corruption"
or "everlasting life." Now
politics have been taken over by
idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies,
outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions,
heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries,
violations of Children’s rights, kidnapping
and the like."
These seeds bring forth a harvest of destruction. Such
seeds diminish and destroy every life that engages in
these seeds bring forth spiritual dryness,
causes brittleness of political bones leading to POI.
There is presently no cure for OI, so treatment is
Preventing health problems
Improving independence and mobility
Developing bone and muscle strength
Also, a surgical procedure called “rodding” is often
considered for people with OI. This surgery involves
inserting metal rods through the length of the long
bones to strengthen them and prevent and/or correct
POI also needs surgical treatment and political
education for leaders and followers including
non-political voters. We must all be determined to save
our Nascent Democracy. No more Demon-Cracy. We must save
our Nation from POI. This political disease must be
"No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous."
(Samuel Johnson, English poet 1750). Benjamin Franklin
picked up on this and said, "There never was a
truly great man that was not at the same time truly
virtuous." (1780). But God is moving among us
even still. He is summoning a people who hunger for that
which is virtuous and your heart is being drawn to the
higher and nobler things of God. If that be so, "Whatever
things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever
things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever
things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,
if there is any virtue and if there is anything
praiseworthy — meditate on these things."