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Friday, 31 May 2013

Lessons from Borno

"The most important thing in Nigeria is about the last election and the next election, the only thing that is agitating our minds is how we can perpetuate ourselves in power. How much we can steal, how many mansions we can buy in Florida, Dubai and London, this is what agitates the minds of the elites of this country."
- Alhaji Kashim Shettima (Governor, Nigeria's Borno State)

The governor who has lost defacto control of the Northern Nigerian state to the Islamic militant group Boko Haram - blames the whole chaos on the current mindset of Nigeria's political ruling class. And it is a good thing that Shettima says "we" for he is not blameless.

Most importantly this recent statement does hold truth about the state of politics in Africa in general. We have politicians whose only preoccupation is their belly. But of course it's not just Africa. World over the politician is only as good as the people who elect him. The people do not know their true power. Perhaps, then Shettima has not gone far enough. Surely, the problem is with the people?

Copyright © Zambian Economist 2013

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