Professor Pat Utomi, has stated that “the truth of the matter is that this (Nigeria) is the most miserable place to live on earth today, all the statistics say so“,
Professor Utomi said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s ‘Sunday Politics’.
His words: “Political parties do not have programs, do not have a direction to make any difference in people’s lives.
“The truth of the matter is that this is the most miserable place to live on earth today, all the statistics say so.
“Today, we have overtaken India in terms of the total number of the poorest people on the planet.
“They are dying from insecurity with all the killings everyday, more people are killed in Nigeria everyday in most of the major civil wars of the world.
“Today, we are dying more from Malaria than any other people in the world.”
Speaking further, he lamented that there is no formidable opposition in Nigeria that can speak alternatives, and deal with the big and major issues.
He also argued that the country has become more corrupt than it was, prior to the emergence of the President Muhammadu Buhari government, adding that, conversations around big issues must begin to fill the socio-political spaces.
He asserted that many well-meaning Nigerians gave their all for the present government to come into power, because of the anti-corruption mantra, however, he stated that these Nigerians have been disappointed, because the administration has proven even more corrupt than what existed prior.
He stated: “We have not been able to reform the political process to get money out of politics, to get people who should not be in politics out.
“Politics has been reduced to how do you capture a State and use it for your own aggrandizement. If politics were not about State capture, you will see people who come out to give sacrifices of themselves to achieve immortality of making a difference in the lives of others, but that is not the case as we have seen in our country, sadly.”
Proffering a solution for the way forward, Professor Utomi said that Nigeria must emulate South Korea, and get rid of money politics. He stated that it is a shame that Nigerian Politicians have no empathy for the masses.
His exact words: “Nigerian Politicians do not have empathy for the people. There is a complete disconnect between the political class and the people.
“Poverty rules the land, but do you see it reflected in the lives of the political class? No, you do not.”
He urged Nigerians to take back their country, stressing that, civil society organisations must be more active.
Speaking to the “complicit middle” class, who he said are a major part of the problem of the country, Prof. Utomi asked the middle class to stop folding their arms and stand up to the political class, who are only in the polity for their pockets.
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