Politics in the Nigerian context, they say “is a dirty game”, following the way and manner politicians go about their campaigns and killing perceived enemies.
Sometimes, they see these enemies in same political party or opposition parties who may stand as obstacles in their ambition.
This has led a Canadian based Deltan, from Idumuogo town in Aniocha north local government area, Chief Chike Victor Diji, to quit politics.
He made this announcement on a group chat he created, where he appealed to his teeming fans to forgive and see reasons with him, as he needed more of his time with his family now than ever.
This also is not unrelated with the failed kidnap attempt on him sometime last year, but his visitor was kidnapped and huge ransom paid to have him released.
The man titled ‘Omeliora’ in his community of Idumuogo, also said he needed to go into youth mentoring as a more worthy venture that makes better impact to humanity.
It could be recalled that many years back, Chief Diji left his family and business in Canada and returned home to help in building a more politically acceptable culture that would mainstream his community into the scheme of things politically.
While he was at home, he started organizing the community youths, women and men politically in such a way that they would be on the winning side and benefit eventually from the gains of democracy.
But like a typical Nigerian politics, he was seen as a green horn foreign returnee with so much money to sponsor politicians and political activities.
And so from the years of Governor Uduaghan, Chief Diji was spending to advance politics in Aniocha North Local Government Area; but when it comes to gaining from the dividends, he would be sidelined and his community would not benefit either.
Two years ago, the ebulient Real Estate proprietor in Canada, decided to join the race for the membership of the Delta State House of Assembly, in anticipation for the delineation of Aniocha North State Constituency 2, which never happened. But he had spent money in the process of preparing politically for the office.
In all, politics became what he never bargained for, which made him to return to Nigeria in the first instance. Then he was an Executive member of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Canada, a platform through which they had regular interfaces with politicians and Government functionaries when they went to abroad. At a point then, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as a Nigerian President threw a challenge to some of them to come back to Nigeria to help build the country and invest in it, promising enabling environment.
As a patriotic Nigerian, Chief Diji returned but faced monumental frustration for the years he was around in spite of his active political participation in the system.
According to Chief Diji in his message to his teeming supporters, “Let me start by thanking my family for being by my side throughout these years of ‘Curb-Side Politics’.
“After a wide consultation with my leaders and mentors, I have decided to put a hold on all my political aspirations and activities with immediate effect. The reason is to allow me time with my family and loved ones.
“I therefore wish to dedicate this WhatsApp Group Chat as a medium for mentoring and positive energy chat forum.
“Thank you very much for the opportunity to share my aspirations and the platform with you. God bless you all.”