Nigerians Go Into Politics As Making It In The Country Is Hard—Ex-Minister

Former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro says Nigerians do all the things to occupy public workplaces for monetary positive factors as a result of different alternatives for making a living are tough within the nation.

He additionally mentioned he was not in assist of the concept of Nigerian political events asking aspirants to have a sure sum of money earlier than they will take part in politics.

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The former minister, nevertheless, famous that such necessities are essential to test quite a few individuals scrambling to contest for political workplaces within the nation.

Obanikoro, a former Lagos senator, disclosed this throughout an internet interview on City Talks with Reuben Abati, which was monitored by SaharaReporters on Saturday.

“The idea of commercialising elections to me is very quite unfortunate. I’m not in support and cannot be in support. And let me tell you why I cannot be. I can record vividly in 1992, when I joined full politics or 1990 or thereabout, I wouldn’t have been able to get to where I am today if such impediments were placed on my way.

“What informs this is so unfortunate that we live in a society where almost all windows at getting things done in life have closed. Therefore, the only opportunity you have now is to participate in politics. When you now see the scramble for public offices, then you’ll be compelled to put certain requirements in place to see how we can manage all these interests.

“It is a way of definitely reducing the number of people who are contesting for one position at a time. If these things are left to be free, you’ll be shocked that for one position, you’ll have about 2, 000 people contesting.

“I’m not saying this is the best, but we must further challenge ourselves and come up with better ways, and not the commercialisation,” Obanikoro mentioned.

While talking on the low turn-out of voters eventually Saturday’s native authorities elections in Lagos, the previous Nigerian Ambassador to Ghana defined that poverty has constituted a problem.

He additionally mentioned, “And on high of that’s this perception by a mean person who their vote doesn’t rely.

“There are so many causes for this and also you don’t need to look far to start to understand why individuals really feel this fashion. Every one in every of us has change into a authorities unto ourselves. That’s one. Number two, you even have financial hardship throughout this place.

“So, till we overcome these challenges, we’ll have difficulties in collaborating in elections. But, in the event you take a look at it, to flip it to me is a mistake. You nonetheless need to take part as a result of that is democracy. And the one option to get the federal government that you simply deserve is whenever you take part.”

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