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Interrogating the new-found love of politicians

No doubt, in this election season, Nigerians have been treated to a cocktail of strange actions by politicians and their spouses as they jostle for votes of the electorate.

One of such strange actions which appears to be a new-found love by politicians, is making donations to faith-based organisations, market women and men, the less-privileged as well as victims of Boko Haram insurgency among others.

It is common these days to see politicians donate money, foodstuff, kerosene and other materials to the above groups, ostensibly to empathise with the beneficiaries.

Just at the weekend, the Peoples Democratic Party governorship candidate in Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, stormed major markets in Abakiliki, the state capital and donated N500,000 and 100 bags of rice to traders in each of the markets.

Also on Sunday, Hajiya Aishatu Buhari, wife of the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, donated assorted drugs for the care of victims of Saturday’s bomb blasts in Maduguri, Borno State.

While politicians and their spouses always declare that their actions are altruistic, not a few Nigerians see such actions as strange in view of the fact that they largely come when elections are around the corner. Again, the actions are strange because those behind them always insist that their actions be broadcast to the high heavens.

But must this be so? If there’s no ulterior motive, where have these politicians been long before now? If there’s no ulterior motive, why can’t these politicians quietly make their donations without publicity?

If these politicians who now resort to donations want to be taken serious, they must not only sustain their new-found love beyond election period but make it a habit to regularly interface with the electorate and not just when elections are around the corner.

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