My Political Checklist.

The kinds of people who should never be allowed to lead a political community:

  1. They that can’t stand the argument
  2. Those that cannot debate
  3. Those too weak to acknowledge vulnerability. They are delusional, arrogant and have overweening opinions of their own merits.
  4. The impatient.
  5. Those that don’t enjoy good jokes. They are the frowning, serious type. They don’t want you to laugh. [See, it’s not discipline. It’s sadism.]
  6. Those who show little interest in details.
  7. Those who don’t forgive their offenders.
  8. Those that possess superstitious beliefs. They blame their inefficiency on “supernatural” causes. They don’t believe in their abilities or that they should train their minds to apply skills.
  9. Those insecure around junior colleagues or young people.
  10. The lazy.
  11. Those that think on the basic level. They’re incapable of creative solutions.
  12. Those with prejudice. They have polluted thinking. Their imaginations about other people who are different from them are usually unfavourable.
  13. The misogynist. They hate seeing women lead or prosper.
  14. Those without track records.
  15. The dumb. They don’t listen.
  16. The stubborn, rigid. They are stubbornly in pursuit of personal fantasies.
  17. Those who do not respect or invest in knowledge. They are not interested in studying or in intellectual things. They don’t read or even regard reading as a useless venture.
  18. Those who lack sympathy.
  19. The aged; the old.
  20. An ethnic nationalist.
  21. A religious fanatic.

Ojo, Aderemi Ibadan, Nigeria. ojderemi@gmail.com @realojoaderemi


Ojo, Aderemi is a Historian, teacher, public speaker, writer, politician, and community organiser. He was trained at the University of Ibadan and was President of the Students Union.

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