- A former governor of Kaduna state, Balarabe Musa, has said that 99% of Nigerian leaders are thieves
- He said it is hard to become president of Nigeria unless you are a thief or supported by one
- His reason is that there is hardly how anyone can legitimately raise the kind of money required for presidential campaign in the country
Balarabe Musa, a former governor of Kaduna state during the Second Republic, has said that nobody can become Nigeria's president without first being a thief or supported by thieves.
Musa said there is hardly how anyone that can legitimately raise the kind of money required for presidential campaign in the country, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com notes that the former governor blamed the socio-economic woes of the country on the political structure. According to Musa, 99% of the people in the corridors of power are thieves.
Musa made this comment in a video clip circulating on Facebook. He was captured as playing host to Omoyele Sowore, publisher of Sahara Reporters and a presidential hopeful.
In the clip, Sowole said he visited the ex-governor to seek his counsel on how to go about his presidential ambition in 2019.
Responding to Sowore's question on why the older generation of leaders had failed the country, Musa said that the problem of underdevelopment in the country was blamable on the wrong socio-political system.
He said: “What is the quality of Nigeria’s leadership? The quality of the Nigerian leadership is a thief (sic). Since the end of the Second Republic, how has it been possible in Nigeria to have a political leadership which is not made up of thieves? Of course, there are exceptions. I’m not saying that 100 per cent of the leadership in Nigeria is made up of thieves, no, there are exceptions, but I doubt if there are up to one per cent who are clean. 99 per cent are thieves.
“For example, how can you win on the basis of the Nigerian laws and the Nigerian culture; how can you be a Nigerian President without being a thief first? Because it is through stealing that you can make it. Both the political parties and election in Nigeria are based on money power and this money power is equal to corruption. So, this is what you have."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a former governor of old Kaduna state and national chairman of Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Alhaji Abdulkadir Balarabe Musa called for the zoning of the 2019 presidency to the Igbo.
He said it was necessary because the Igbo had been cheated for too long by denying them a shot at the presidency over the years.
The PRP national leader also alleged that Hausa and Yoruba should be held responsible for the political backwardness of the Igbo.
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