Nigerian politicians need character transplant — Otitoju

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The Group Comptroller of current and public affairs of TVC News, Mr Babajide Kolade Otitoju has said that majority of Nigerian politicians will have to do a character transplant due to the current situation of Nigeria and considering that things are not getting better.

Otitoju made this submission during the Kwara Visioners’ maiden inaugural lecture tagged; “Governance and Leadership Recruitment in 21st century democracy” which held last Saturday at the University of Ilorin Auditorium.

In his speech, Otitoju noted that politics and governance pervade every aspect of human lives, adding that to ignore this fact is to remain stubbornly ignorant, frustrated and isolated.

He stressed further that politics is important because it determines what governance means. He also said politics determines how the world would be managed and it should therefore be seen far beyond the role of the government at any level.

Otitoju, who also maintained that politics was supposed to be used in advancing the wellbeing of the citizens by ensuring the greatest happiness for the great number of people, added that it would have been easier to create a fair society if the right people are in the corridors of power.

In his own remarks, the guest speaker at the event, Professor Attahiru Mahmud Jega, the former Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) Chairman had, while delivering his lecture, insisted that electronic transmission is the best way of eliminating electoral malpractices.

He said, “There are still areas where internet is not good, but if you can transmit devices, for example, to 70, 75 or 80 to 90 percent of the polling units, you have substantially reduced electoral malpractices.

“Those who want to be leaders, they have to be visionaries like Kwara Visioners; because, to develop a vision is long term. So, you need to be persistent and consistent.”

In his contributions, Dr. Tope Fasau revealed that young people are the ones that will build the country as the older ones have no more energy. He affirmed that the older ones can only supervise the young ones and support them as they need to begin the good work.

“The only asset you have in Nigeria is not crude oil, but rather the youth,” he said.

Another participant at the Kwara Visioners’ event, Mr Olarewaju Lawrence Osho, said Nigerians have become people without heart of kindness who hardly show concern for our immediate society.

While advising on what should be done to improve the Nigerian situation, Osho said “what we need to solve Nigeria’s problems is very small, and that is good heart.”

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