Civil movement

Africa needs a new liberation movement –Soludo

Anambra State Governor-elect Chukwuma Soludo says politics has become big business in Nigeria, adding that many drug lords and internet scammers have flocked to politics to avoid arrest.

Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria who won the Anambra gubernatorial election on November 6, 2021 on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), disclosed in a speech this weekend.

He spoke about the ‘purpose and price of disruptive change’ at the first graduation from the Abuja School of Politics, Politics and Governance. The school was founded by the former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili.

Soludo said, “Indeed, Africa needs a new liberation movement. The first struggle was the liberation from the colonial masters.

The second will be the liberation of politics and rentier politicians. For me, there is almost a sense of nostalgia, recalling the mission and achievements of our founding fathers, especially as we contemplate the world without oil in Nigeria.

“Much of the existing social order is based on competition and the distribution of rents. Oil and the easy money that came with it destroyed the social fabric, and the elite created new institutions and political structures to maximize their gains.

As the noose tightened globally on other rentier/criminal businesses, such as drug trafficking or internet scamming, many barons rushed into politics as the next easy alternative.

“Politics has become big business. Appointment or election to public office is widely seen as an opportunity to “eat” rather than a call to selfless service.

There is an army of rich people (great men) who have never worked or done productive work in their lives and believe they have a right to expect something for nothing.

“The tiny elite, less than one percent, have a stranglehold on the public purse, occasionally sprinkling crumbs to citizens as ‘democracy dividends’.

The citizens themselves, either out of helplessness or acquiescence, join the party, expecting the politicians to distribute a pittance from the public treasury as charity.

However, the governor-elect, who would take office in March, noted that Nigeria now stood on the edge of a fiscal cliff with a thorny solvency challenge.

“Youth unemployment, precariousness, poverty, inflation… threaten the social fabric. Migrating to a post-oil world of the 4th Industrial Revolution and enduring prosperity will require massive disruptive transformations and the restoration of a productive social contract


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