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Many, I expect, at the sight or sound of the term “campus politics” would either have the cold shivers or would give a sigh, thus declaring their innermost fear of being a part of anything affiliated to the word. Well, my dear readers, if this are, or continue to be our reaction to campus politics, then it will only be apt to begin by enlightening ourselves on its significance and meaning in order for us not to run no more in a campus politics of probability, because we must learn to understand that it is a ‘force’ that will continue to play its role in shaping our future, profession, life etc. whether we will it or otherwise.
Politics is described as the authoritative allocation of values for the society, according to the Canadian Professor of Political Science, David Easton. By this, he meant that politics encompasses the various processes through which government or School authority responds to pressure from larger society, in particular by allocating benefits, rewards or penalties. Also, Haroldz Dwight Lasswell, a scholar defined politics as simply “who get what, when and how”, this
implies that the nature of politics is about the distribution of power in a society.
Thus, if I am aloof about politics- the very activity through which my students Association, school can respond to my needs and pressure, then I cannot complain when the Association does not meet this need or hearken to my pressure. If I detach myself from politics then I am throwing away my powers to decide how benefits, rewards and
penalties which are not far-fetched are allocated.
More interestingly, let us look at the causes of this disinterest in politics with a view to helping ourselves out of their strong grip of hit or miss orientation. The popular term for this indifference and insensitivity to politics on and off campuses is known as “political Apathy”, it is the absence or suppression of passion, emotion in politics or its activities. On our campuses nowadays, this trend has become so imminent amidst the student, in which the ratio of it to the political enthusiasts is relatively low and not encouraging.
Having diagnosed the problem, the next thing to look at is what I called “pathogenesis of campus politics hit or miss?” knowing fully well that we are in an academic environment where our priority is to study or excel in our various fields. Albert Einstein said, “Politics is for the present, but equation is for eternity”, true as this may sound, but do not forget that our present determines more for our future talk more of eternity.
Truly, we may see politics as rough, filthy, not for the gentleman or lady or as a hit or miss basis. But really, it is viewed so because our own apathy has let the bad eggs dominate politics and let them take decision which affects our lives.” Politics is not a game but an earnest business” as Winston Churchill says, and then our business is to be conscious politically and act well in campus politics.
Ellie Wiesel said, “there may be time we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time we fail to protest.” We must also remember that “whenever a man cast a longing eye on offices, rottenness begins in his conduct”, therefore, the eyes should never be on the office but on the work in the office and the people who own and
gave you the office.
In conclusion, with these said, I encourage you readers, take that decision to be part of the campus politics enthusiast and movement by being conscious. Remember, indecision is a decision in itself. Be conscious and make the conscious choice that politics should never be treated or seen as a hit or miss affair, rather as a necessity and optimal!!!!
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