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Why Money Politics Is Dominant In Nigeria – Ilechukuwu

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general overseer, charismatic renewal ministries,Cosmos Ilechukwu

The general overseer, Charismatic Renewal Ministries, Cosmos Ilechukwu has explained reasons why money continues to be a dominant factor in Nigerian politics.

Speaking on Friday at the 9th edition of the change we need lecture series in Abuja, he described money politics as a lamentable political misfortune that has made it impossible for the best minds to lead the country.

He said, “The Nigerian political elites who in the main are Machiavellians, seem to have succeeded in foistering on the consciousness of an average Nigerian, the falsity that he who has the power and money has the say.

“In an age of knowledge economy, we must resolve as a nation to draft our intellectual giants for national leadership.”

llechukwu, who is also the convener of the lecture series, said  the seemly unwieldy nature of our national construct as a multi ethnic polity with its concomitant problems of multilingualism and religions is one of the factors impeding growth in Nigeria.

While noting that the second problem that hampers the emergence of the Nigeria of our dream is poverty, he said an impoverished populace can hardly think of anything beyond their daily survival.

He identified eight key elements of the Nigeria of his dream to include, “common citizenship, restructured Nigeria, governance based on the rule of law, a productive Nigeria, meritocracy, education and youth development, adequate life supporting infrastructure and security.

On his part, chairman of the occasion, Sylvester Onoja attributed the instability in Nigeria to lack of education.

Contending that change is impossible in Nigeria without education, he lamented that Nigeria has the least amount budgeted for education in Sub Saharan Africa.

“The only way to progress is to produce people who have the intellectual capacity to lead as education illuminates and makes you the citizen of the world. We cannot progress when our educational system is not working,” he stated.

 



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