The Dangerous Game of Character Assassination in Nigerian and Global Politics: Unraveling the Web of Consequences

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Written By Comrade Victor Ojei (popularly called Wong Box Senior Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Delta State on Civil Societies and NGOs. Feel free to contact us via WhatsApp on 08038785262)


In the turbulent world of politics, where power, ambition, and influence collide, character assassination has become an unfortunate tool wielded by some to tarnish the reputation of their opponents. In Nigeria and beyond, the practice of engaging in character assassination, especially within party politics, has dire consequences not only for the individuals targeted but also for the overall health of the political landscape. This article explores why character assassination is detrimental to socio-politics, highlighting the repercussions of blackmailing fellow politicians and emphasizing the age-old adage that “Karma is real; we will all reap what we sow.”



The Anatomy of Character Assassination:

Character assassination, in its essence, is the deliberate attempt to destroy a person’s reputation, credibility, and public image through the spread of false or damaging information. This nefarious tactic is often employed for political gain, personal vendettas, or to undermine the popularity of a rival within the same party. In Nigeria and many other nations, character assassination has seeped into the very fabric of politics, eroding trust and sowing discord among politicians.


The Repercussions of Character Assassination:


1. Erosion of Trust: Trust is the foundation of any successful political system. When politicians engage in character assassination, they erode the public’s trust in the political process itself. Voters become disillusioned and skeptical, leading to apathy and disengagement from politics.


2. Polarization: Character assassination fuels political polarization, creating an “us versus them” mentality. When politicians resort to mudslinging, it becomes increasingly difficult to find common ground and work towards the betterment of the nation.


3. Weakening of Institutions: Political parties and institutions suffer when character assassination becomes a norm. Internal divisions weaken parties, making them less effective in addressing the needs of the people.


4. Distracting from Real Issues: Engaging in character assassination detracts from discussing real issues that affect the populace. Rather than focusing on policies and solutions, politicians waste time and energy on personal attacks.


5. Long-Term Consequences: The damage inflicted through character assassination can have lasting effects. Ruined reputations and strained relationships can hinder an individual’s ability to contribute positively to society even after their political career ends.


Karma: “The Universal Law of Cause and Effect”:

The belief in karma transcends cultural and geographical boundaries. In the context of character assassination in politics, it serves as a poignant reminder that actions have consequences. Politicians who engage in character assassination may experience a boomerang effect, as their own reputation and credibility may eventually suffer. Additionally, the negative atmosphere created by character assassination can come back to haunt the entire political system, further deepening the cycle of mistrust and division.



*mCharacter assassination in socio-politics, whether in Nigeria or anywhere else, is a destructive force that undermines democracy, fosters division, and erodes public trust. The repercussions of blackmailing fellow politicians for personal gain or political advantage are far-reaching and detrimental to the well-being of the nation.  As responsible citizens and voters, it is crucial to demand a higher standard of conduct from our elected officials and to reject character assassination as a means of achieving political goals. After all, in the realm of politics and in life, karma reminds us that we will all reap what we sow.


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