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The Ignorant Politician & The Charismatic Sycophant

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January 26, 2018 – The Ignorant Politician And The Charismatic Sycophant

By Olusanya Anjorin

Sycophantic fangs are baring themselves out so flagrantly, that these sharp protruding prongs have hooked the brains of many in the society.

Every experienced politician knows that flattery is like a perfume; it should be smelt and sprayed on the body but never swallowed or ingested. Sycophants launch jibes at political opponents, attacking all their policies as ineffectual. Their loyalty is tied to their patron’s pockets.

In Africa, it is sickening how politicians treat those who voted for them, and more baffling how voters keep mute and refuse to demand accountability for stewardship. While lawmakers across the world continue to make laws that will genuinely transform their societies, most of their African counterparts choose to play around, without thought for their people’s welfare and societal progress.

Agreed, sycophancy is present in virtually all political terrains, but the degree differs from one country to another. In all political corners of the world, hailers keep calling for the status quo to remain.

In Nigeria for instance, some past leaders tried different means to sit in power, as sycophants dearly wanted them to continue in power. During Fidel Castro’s regime in Cuba, economists, journalists, pro-democrats, petitioners etc. were sentenced to years in jail for the crime of independent thought! For a president to have ruled for over five decades and to still have sycophants chanting “Continue!” was really sickening, as in the words of Jeff Jacoby, “His progressive acolytes having been giving him ovations.” Norman Mailer’s early rhapsody to Castro was, ‘’you were the first and greatest hero to appear in the world since the second war.”

In Zimbabwe, a new ZANU PF secretary of youth, who is also the chairman of Zimbabwe War Collaborators Association was quoted to have said, ‘’The Zimbabwean constitution should be thrown in the bin and allow President Mugabe rule until he dies!”. Similarly, long after his death, Kim Il-Sung, the former president of North Korea remained president of his country as sycophants refused to accept that he had died. People were acting on behalf of the “sleeping” Kim Il Sung. Such is the extent to which sycophants can go. In his days, one of Saddam Hussein’s sycophants proclaimed, “Iraq is Saddam; Saddam is Iraq.” The devotee thought the destiny of Saddam and Iraq were one and inseparable.

A sycophant with a golden voice and charisma will always win the heart of an ignorant politician. The ignorant politician will continue to dance to the drumbeats from the bootlickers and obsequious praise-singers, until the drum is punctured. To the sycophant, the law, ‘do unto others as you want others to do to you’ is of little consequence. Part of their subtle intent is seeking elective office thus they dish out deceitful and chameleonic ideas unashamedly. Regrettably, much of our civil society has also been corrupted.

Fortunately, there are still seekers of truth, core idealists, who will say it as it is; though others sit on the fence – awe-struck and in disbelief of the praise-singers’ utterances and claims. It is said that truth is a scarce commodity loved and admired by many, yet few get engrossed in it.

Our society must begin to walk away from praise-singing and self-serving attitudes towards a sincere-truth for-quality paradigm. Thereby, sycophants’ fangs can be rendered ineffectual and we can finally call a spade a spade, and not an agricultural implement.

About the author: Olusanya Anjorin writes from Lagos.



  1. Jesuit Onye

    January 26, 2018 at 6:08 AM

    There is something about this article that fascinate me. Every point the writer highlighted is the reason Nigeria will never develop.
    Even the youths crying fowl will chop money if they find their way to the top. It is safe to say there is nohope for my country. Let me be weeping

  2. Big Aunty Koks

    January 26, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    True! But a gradual change will come if every person who disapproves of some wrongful act would frown at rather than turn up everyday “just to greet” oga culprit. Psycophants would laugh when “big man” laughs at some nothing dry joke and if big man frowns in the direction of some person supporter psychophant is ready to physically push the victim out of the room.
    It happens everywhere, in offices, in the civil service. Hence some bosses continue to send particular people on transfer to bush postings while others are rewarded with constant sponsorship to workshops….as if the office is their personal estates. The expiry date of those bad attitudes will come though because there is a limit to how much you can push a man and he will decide not to be pushed any further.
    Good article, Bravo!!!

  3. Jamiu Ednut

    January 26, 2018 at 7:45 AM

    Anjorin u are full of wisdom. I pray u become great in life

  4. iron bar

    January 26, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Its a nation where mediocrity reigns supreme,incompetency and favortism thrives.revolution can only cure this madness

  5. DB

    January 26, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    This is what happens when educated illiterates govern the educated. It is only in Nigeria a school cert holder or less becomes president and determines the fate of the very educated. It is a ploy to rubbish education and they seem to be doing well at it

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