The theory of  relevance & irrelevance as It plays in politics

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Hon Rotimi Makinde

When we think deeper down our heart, we will understand life better with its fullness and the need to be  grateful will simplify our lives.

It is not an irony to say that politics has many definitions and that it’s full of intricacies that require courage and sacrifice to openly embrace its fullness. To some people, one has to challenge the irrelevance of others in order to maintain his or her relevance. Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional. But we often give up and allow unnecessary misrepresentations and  unnecessary dwelling-into-the-past to becloud our present, thus derailing us on the path of glory.

Management theory juxtaposed into politics teaches us the need to see temporary misfortune as the beginning of steady progress in life. Modigliani and Miller suggested that, in a perfect world with no taxes or bankruptcy cost, the dividend policy is irrelevant … It is only in future engagements and  investment that we overcome the loss of yesteryear and not in the dwelling on the likely dividend that eluded us.

From the foregoing, it is believed that every politician must be quick to adapt to the circumstances of the day, reflects on events that might possibly have led to his present pass, re-strategize and forge ahead. After all, the worth a man is not in falling. Instead, it his in his ability to turn failure into fortune. When one has a mindset of loosing focus and getting derailed by insinuations that are borne out of the intricacies of life, mostly from unexpected quarters, then the best thing to do is to rise above them and move on with life.

There are times when those who seek to manipulate the people emerge in facets of our lives, especially, in politics  where we have to deal with them on an ongoing basis. This set of ‘toxic materials’ offers to handle certain tasks or jobs for you so as to “relieve your stress”, sometimes, at no cost or infringement. Then, they keep information about those tasks or jobs from you so that  you’re no longer able to approach such tasks independently. They may also make jabs about your competence, saying you “need” them to do the work for you. Should they fail to make good their opportunities – which is not unlikely, they shift their ineptitude and transfer their aggression to third parties. But, they need not be blamed! After all, they must be seen to justify their leeching and unpopularity with relevance-domineering tendencies.

But then, what do we do in order not to lose old and close acquaintances when life becomes a residual expression of politics a la Nigerian factor? What do we do about colleagues, friends, family members and those we simply cannot do away with but who, supposedly, have graduated as authors of misrepresentations? What do we do to set the record straight? When this happens, who loses in the short run and who gains in the long run?

A Yoruba adage says: “bi iro ba lo ni ogun odun, ojo kan ni otito yio baa.” But then, “before the land swallows the wicked, many valuable things may have been lost” The more reason we have to learn how to deal with them as they come. Again, why do we have to do this? Well, our failure to do fair justice to every move made by people to reduce others to objects of irrelevance may most likely derail us. And that won’t be too good for posterity

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