A former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar has lamented that the way politics is played in Nigeria is dirty, with politicians doing just anything to get elected.
Abubakar, who is Nigeria’s last military ruler, also accused the electorate of selling their liberty and getting easily excited by sweet talks and gifts from politicians during an interview with Trust Television on Saturday night.
Abubakar, who said he expected more maturity and understanding from politicians than just seeking power, noted that a lot of politicians and leaders had not met the people’s expectations.
“Yes, there are some challenges in leadership but you know politics is a dirty game. And I think we are playing dirty politics in this country. My prayer is that our politicians and the electorate are aware that their actions or inaction could mar this country. We have a lot of problems; people do anything in order to be elected and unfortunately the electorate sell their liberty. They become enticed by mere talks and worldly gifts and so on.
“I hope we will now wake up and do the right thing, which we know is right, to elect people we trust that can really look after us and deliver governance as it should be”, Abubakar said.
When asked if his comment was borne out of his disappointment with the current government, he said: “Of course, I have some misgivings in some things but by and large when you are in leadership they say the onlookers see the best of the game. We are outside; maybe the leaders see things different way,
“But quite honestly, regardless, we could have done better than what we are doing. It is our collective leadership and I think all leaders should try to see what roles they can play in providing this leadership and governance.
“Also, we the citizens, as much as possible should try to engage the people we elected to deliver. We should not become praise singers and become subservient to people because they are in authority. We should be bold enough to tell our leaders, look, here you have done the right thing and here we think you should improve. But unfortunately, all of us just sit down and start complaining through the social media and reckless statements. I pray our leaders also listen and see things the way they are in order to help them in governing us.”