The founder of the global democratic gauge, Rate Your Leader app, Yinka Popoola has picked holes in the COVID-19 palliative distribution exercise by the government, saying the controversy over the distribution has once again exposed the crisis of trust in Nigerian politics,.
The democracy campaigner who spoke against the backdrop of the controversy over the distribution of palliatives especially the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) scheme said the crisis of confidence is a product of a deteriorating system that should be fixed urgently through digital interventions
Citing a number of high profile Nigerian politicians including the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and members of the National Assembly who had criticized the handling of the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) funds, the technology entrepreneur said trust is essential is leadership.
Popoola, whose app is designed to help politicians engage directly with voters and build relationships of trust with the electorate, as well as transmitting important information to them, said, “How can Nigerian’s supposed to trust their politicians when Nigeria’s politicians don’t trust each other?
“Lawmakers find themselves in an unprecedented situation. Of course there are going to be delays getting help to people that need it most as our government scrambles to create new and complex social programmes overnight. On the other hand, legitimate scrutiny of their performance and the final destination of this money should not be seen as being motivated only by personal greed.
“Rate Your Leader was created to develop relationships of trust between electors and elected but in a time of national crisis our lawmakers need to set a much better example by working together in the national interest.
“Our politics needs more trust, and at Rate Your Leader our aim is helping that trust to take root and grow,” he said.