You don’t have to look far today to find Nigerians bemoaning the lack of ideology in our politics.
In other words, Nigerians complain about Nigerian parties hardly ever organising around a coherent set of ideas. It has not been for a lack of trying. But why is it so hard to do this in Nigeria? Let’s illustrate with a couple of stories from 1950s Nigeria.
In 1951, the restless and self-taught mathematical genius that was Chike Obi decided to enter into the boiling hot political arena of a Nigeria that was slowly but surely heading towards independence. Almost all of Nigeria’s politics at the time was organised around an anti-colonial theme, even if in many cases only by name. As a student and teacher, Chike Obi had already gained a reputation for being rebellious and someone who could be relied upon to think outside the box, no matter how crazy