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OF THE GALES OF DEFECTIONS, DECAMPING, CARPET-CROSSING, ENCAMPMENTS, RETRENCHMENTS & IMPEACHMENTS

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THINKING ABOUT NIGERIA – PART 2. OF THE GALES OF DEFECTIONS, DECAMPING, CARPET-CROSSING, ENCAMPMENTS, RETRENCHMENTS & IMPEACHMENTS “If we are in the habit of practising the opposite of what we preach, our admonition will not only lose their force and cogency, but also, we ourselves, will forfeit every claim to credibility. ‘’An ounce of example, it has been widely said, is far better than a ton of precepts‘’ – Obafemi Awolowo It was that famous literary giant, William Shakespeare that submitted that: ‘’There is nothing either good or bad; but thinking makes it so.’’ Thinking as used by Shakespeare also connotes reasoning, which the Free Dictionary describes ‘’the act or process of drawing conclusions from facts, evidence, and judgements. Reasoning is so important that Legal pundits have since qualified the rational of this human activity by attempting to determine what could pass as ‘’right thinking members of the society’’. In essence, this qualification infers that not all human thoughts are right or rational. Actions are products of thinking. Psychologists have posited that: ‘’Thinking is an activity that resulted in the discovery of the human person, and is directed to a destination. ‘’We think to find the knowledge and understanding of that we want. Thinking is the main thing that distinguishes between humans and animals.’’ The past few weeks have been quite interesting on our nation’s political arena. Suddenly, the words: defection, decamping, cross-carpeting, carpet crossing (encampments & retrenchments – my own words) have become the most discussed in the polity, following developments on the political scene. But some schools of thought have argued that it is not a new phenomenon; hence legitimate. Others too have shouted ‘’foul’, with each group faulting its opponents. Next on popularity rating are the words: impeachment, replacement, aspirant and the likes and discussions of such occurrences. The situation might, to the uninitiated, look comical. Similarly, it has, indeed, been very amusing to several watchers because of the feverish moves to decamp, defect, impeach, encamp, and retrench! How I wish bombastic K.O. Mbadiwe is alive today, to add colour by his choice of words to describe the development! The ease and methods that politicians now use, discarding party ideology and all such niceties to battle themselves for survival on the political plane, as we negotiate the bend leading to the 2019 general elections is simply fascinating; but distressing. EMOTIONS RUNNING TOO HIGH Undoubtedly, emotions have run…

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