POLITICIANS in Nigeria have been described as being self-centred and lack sense of purposeful leadership. This description was made by a lecturer, Professor Femi Mimiko in the Department of Political Science at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The university don while reflecting on the state of affairs in Nigeria at 48 stated that politicians in Nigeria have failed the people, claiming that they (politicians) are not purpose-driven.
Mimiko also disclosed that Nigerian politicians have failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians since the inception of the fourth republic.
He cautioned public office holders to see running the affairs of the country or state as a very serious business, adding that if the level of corruption among the politicians is not checked, it could spell doom for the nation.
“We talked of military regimes as being a problem for this country, but politicians have not made things easier almost a decade since the inception of the fourth republic”, he said.
He further disclosed that Nigerian democracy should be a model for other African nations, adding that being the most populous black nation in the world, ought to be a strength rather than weakness.
He also stressed the need for the Nigerian politicians to learn from the former South-African President Thabo Mbeki, that is it better to give-in to people’s request than leading them against their wish.
Corroborating his position, the Vice Chancellor of Babalola Memorial University, Prof. Adeola, said that Nigerian politicians have constituted a nuissance to the development of the country.
‘I don’t know how a group of people, I mean 5 per cent of our population have been enriching themselves to the detriment of the remaining 75 per cent They have become another type of problem for the masses and they don’t realize that they are leaders because the people want them to be and the day the masses take to the street, no weapon can break them”, he added.