- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, is of the opinion that politics in Nigeria is more like a business
- Comrade Wabba called for re-orientation of the political class
- He made the comment when he received a delegation from a Civil Society Organisation, Say No Campaign Nigeria
The Nigeria Labour Congress president, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, is of the opinion that politics in Nigeria is more like a business.
Comrade Wabba made the statement when he received a delegation from a Civil Society Organisation - Say No Campaign Nigeria in his office in Abuja on Tuesday, December 5.
“Seeking political office should be to serve the people not to serve yourself, because if you look at our situation today, people look at politics as an investment including borrowing.
“And once you occupy that office, the first thing you do is to recover that investment and even make profit, so that’s why it is a business in the context of Nigerian politics. That is what have made our system very problematic,” Comrade Wabba lamented.
The labour leader stated that the major problem of Nigeria is leadership, adding that there is a need to change the country's political system.
“We need to change the system.Until people of goodwill and conscience are able to occupy some of these positions, we will continue to go round in cycles.
“The problem of Nigeria has been that of leadership. If you look at our history, most of our leaders emerged through a kind of process you cannot explain. It is the decision of few that is usually imposed on the majority.
“These people have enormous resources, they wield enormous power and despite the fact that we continue to lament.
“Until we the masses address these issues through agitation, this problem will continue.
“They continue to exploit the poor and the weak, Their children are studying abroad. They access the best medical facilities but yet, they use certain vices and primordial interests to divide us,” Comrade Wabba said.
He hailed the Say No Campaign team for its credibility and consistency over the years, stressing that the NLC holds them in high esteem.
He assured them that the NLC has policy document that covers all issues of gender, advancing and nurturing our democracy.
Earlier, Jaye Gaskia, a co-convener of the Say No Campaign team, informed the NLC leader about their plans to organise a march against corruption tagged 'Accountability Walk' on Friday, December 8.
He said: “We have been at the forefront of the battle against corruption long before the anti-corruption regime came.
“One of our immediate focus right now is how the anti-corruption battle can actually become the citizens battle so that there would be no sacred cows and it can be driven by citizens.
“Part of what we are also doing is to ensure that we have a comprehensive data base of corruption allegations and that no one is swept under the carpet and forgotten.
“Specifically, we also seek opportunities for collaboration in general around impunity and corruption issues and in particular with respect to the rally on Friday.”
Meanwhile, a coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) has expressed concern about the fight against corruption by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The CSOs made their thoughts known during a press conference on Thursday, October 19, in Abuja.
The groups include; Say No Campaign, Centre for Transparency and Accountability, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, Protest to Power, Peering Advocacy and Advancement Centre in Africa and Youths Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement.
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