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(Photos) See How Politicians Are Endorsed in Nigeria



A photo have emerged of the popular Niger Delta warlord Asari Dokubo endorsing the candidacy of a young man for the forthcoming 2020 Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) presidential election. It speaks volumes about how politicians are endorsed in Nigeria.

Politicians in Nigeria are very much like celebrities especially when they have become popular. What caught the attention of most people that saw the photo was the way in which the aspirant for the post of president for the Ijaw Youth Council bowed before Asari Dokubo and received a pat on the back from the exmilitant.

Politicians in Nigeria have been known for not just bowing before senior politicians and influential people but also prostrating. They all look forward to that pat on the back which often assures them of support.

The photo also brings to the mind the former days of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki when they vigorously campaigned for the election that brought him to power. Obaseki must have gotten the pat on the back too from his ex political godfather who is now working against him.

Symbols and gestures makes a lot of sense and meaning in Nigerian politics. By looking at them one can tell the fate of any Nigerian politician.

The gesture also brings to mind the idea that a lot can be done with words and gestures just like people understand when they are waved at. It is the same when a preacher at a wedding ceremony pronounces a couple husband and wife and when a child is named.

This hilarious style of endorsement that Asari Dokubo gave to the aspirant generated a lot of reactions from Nigerians. Some felt that a pat on the back by the celebrity exmilitant  has not seal the deal for the aspirant because there are many other influential Ijaw leaders that must approve of his candidacy before he can win.

However, others felt that if the candidate is not a money bag politician or a stooge he may not the needed support from the corrupt Ijaw elites.Until the election is over the controversy generated by the political pat on the back may not go away.

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