- Prof Ango Abdullahi has outlined politicians as one of the major problems facing the country’s democracy
- He wondered why many Nigerian politicians were spending so much money ahead of 2019
- He called for citizens to be educated so they would be able to discern the real reason why people want to occupy political office
Prof Ango Abdullahi, spokesman for the Northern Elders Forum, says politicians, the press, the judiciary and voters are the major problems facing Nigeria’s democracy.
He made the comment on Thursday, September 6, at the Newsmaker Lecture organised by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria’s chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Ibadan, Oyo state, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Abdullahi said leaders should be held responsible for the failure of any nation and wondered why many Nigerians politicians were spending so much money ahead of 2019. According to him, instead of spending money, a honest politician only had to prove his capacity to voters.
He said: “The first set of people responsible for our failure are the politicians. The second group is the press while the judiciary comes third. The voters come last, in that order.
“On my way from Abeokuta today (Thursday), I cannot remember the number of billboards of politicians that I counted on the way. They are all coming out for the 2019 elections. They litter the place with billboards.
“Why do they want to be governors and senators? If you want to be Oyo state governor, you persuade the people and tell them why they should vote you. Your billboard will not speak to them unless they want to see your beautiful picture.
“If someone wants to be my president, I should worry about why he wants to be the president.
“The cost of forms is too much. Unless you run a charity and not an investor, you don’t spend so much money (to buy forms). We have records to show that people who won election as governors or senators spent as much as N1bn on the election. They cannot deny it. Why are you spending N1bn to be governor?
“We need to educate the people so that they will know why these politicians are rushing to be there.
“I am happy to say that I studied free to the university level abroad and that money came from groundnut and cotton. We have to really examine ourselves.
"Nigeria is lucky not to have natural disaster but our own disaster is in leadership. If you have a broken family, question the head. If there is a country that is not working, question the leadership.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported a that coalition of 18 northern groups and associations, led by the chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Prof Ango Abdullahi, passed a vote of no confidence on northern political leaders and urged them to quit.
The group claimed that political office holders had been given quit notice by the northern leaders to quit the stage. They stressed that ahead of the 2019 presidential and general elections, the north would scrutinize all politicians seeking their mandate.
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