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This piece was first delivered in 1961 by one of those great patriots still very much respected today 35 years after his death, precisely 27TH JANUARY 1961. It was a huge impartation of knowledge to students who must be very old today; or might have even died. But the important thing is that though people pass on; their brilliant deeds and works live after them which is why the works of prominent writers live after them even centuries after they depart this world. Today, we republish one of the thoughts of OBAFEMI AWOLOWO below: THE LECTURE: As a politician, the object of my daily vocational pursuit is politics. But the forum on which I speak this afternoon is that of an Institution of Higher Learning, sponsored by one of the famous Christian organisations in the world. I thought, therefore, that it might be appropriate, from the points of view of myself and yourselves, for me to address you on “Politics and Religion”. There are many popular misconceptions about politics. I will relate only some of those of them that have come to my knowledge, and will also endeavor to show that they are misconceptions. We all have heard it said times without number that “politics is a dirty game”. The description of politics as a game is `a felicitous one, and it looks as if it is a contradiction in terms to daub a game as dirty. Speaking generally, any game at all, other than a game of chance, is good.   POLITICS IS NOT A DIRTY GAME But the manner of playing it may be clean or dirty, all depending on whether or not the players observe the rules for playing the game which mankind has laid down in conformity with universally accepted standards of decency and ethics. In other words, whether the game of politics is clean or dirty will depend wholly and solely on the manner in which a particular set of politicians play it. Those who hold that politics is a dirty game have reasons for their contention. But we will presently see from these reasons that it is the manner of playing it that they have in mind and not the game itself. First among the reasons is that politicians are in the habit of criticising – indeed attacking, abusing and vilifying – one another both in private and in public. A proper understanding of the…

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