Everywhere around the world, political offices are perceived as the seat for as much good as, as much evil. The more ambitious one is, the better, or perhaps the worse! The less ambitious one is, the worse, or perhaps the better!
Around the world’s continents, aspiring to lead, be it on a small or large scale is a responsibility that requires a lot and often asks far more than what is being bargained for. It is more like the Yoruba saying, ‘…a funni l’ediye fi gba odidi omo’, roughly translating to ‘he who gives another a fowl in exchange for a full-bred child’, in English. Behind the highly envied commitments and successes of great leaders lie mountains of anxieties, of distresses, of shattered relationships, of sacrifices,…however, the strength, courage, and will to carry on is what makes or mars a leader. Selflessness is no longer a trait that leaders exhibit, and surprisingly, no amount of scrutiny or slight, as the case may be, have been advantageous. This is noticeable, not just amongst politicians but also amongst their non-politicians counterparts.
Narrowing this down to our very immediate environment, the university community, where we have potential ‘Nigerian politicians’ vying for posts that are as delicate as they are demanding. These two qualities as seen are always being handled with too much levity and sometimes, excessive gravity. Most tend to forget that to strike a balance is not at all an easy task, and hence, abuse of office sets in. The need to right the wrong thus remains a pseudo battle between the ‘pressmen’ and ‘statesmen’, a battle which is forever on-going. There are very few instances of genuine combat, and truly, both parties are fully aware of this strange status quo. Taking cognizant of the ‘press-night’ pandemonium, most have said that the same ‘old stuff’ is to be expected, and that unseasoned ‘statesmen’ are still being produced.
Evidently, press nights in the university community is one event that attracts students with different inclinations, some wanting to discern first-hand, the capabilities of the aspirants, others simply wanting to know what it feels like to be at a press night. However, press nights, avenues for decision-making are gradually losing their salts. The problem besieging press nights does not have a clear-cut setback…..from the attitude of spectators to that of pressmen, to that of aspirants,… The aspirants especially take press nights as just a phase to fiddle with to excel to the next stage towards assuming office. They all forget that to be a good leader, sacrifices must be made, lifestyles must be scheduled to fit offices, and students (the purpose for association) must come first. No one promised that it would be easy. If aspirants cannot prepare their minds for the above stated Yoruba saying, then trouble is imminent. When the ugly aspects of governance brews trouble, there is no need to run off or misappropriate, the ‘needful’ simply need be done.
Press nights serve as major platforms where you get to know who the best aspirant for a post is as well as why one’s vote should be cast. If we refuse to re-access our purposes and re-modify our attitudes towards press nights, our associations definitely might continue to suffer!