You know that moment when you see something and you want to laugh but you're not so sure if it's a joke or not so you stiffen your grin and just siddon look? That was me when I saw Julius Agwu's campaign poster. And now that it's very certain it was no joke, or no publicity stunt for a future Crack Ya Ribs show I find myself in a reflective state.
I don't know if I speak for myself alone when I say that the minute I see a Celebrity's campaign poster I get a weird bemused feeling but after that moment passes and my mind opens up I ask if there's really anything wrong with an actor or a musician, or entertainers generally running for office.
I was in a bit of an argument earlier today and my learned colleague and a few others frowned upon the idea. In order not to go into legalities and/or "musings" on if there's need for a constitutional reform (as regards to who can or cannot contest for public office) I'll move right ahead and ask to hear what you guys think. But first, there is something I need to point out.
I served in a state House of Assembly where several of the members where illiterate and semi-literate. One of the members who boasts several very flashy cars was disbarred from the Nigerian Bar for defrauding his own client to the tune of several thousands of pounds, yet this same man, whose crime was publicly documented (you'll read all about it if you google his name, that's how public it was) went on to contest for and win a seat in the house of assembly. So why shouldn't celebrities, many of whom are more enlightened and educated than some of the public office holders I've met?
In all things I think their motive should be the compass used in judging or deciding. But then how many are really ever honest about their motives?
What's your take on this new "trend" of Nigerian celebrities running for office?