Jega, Bakare, others seek to fix Nigeria’s politics

A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and other eminent Nigerians on Wednesday sought a solution to fix the Nigerian political space.

Jega, who was part of the discussant at a webinar organised for the inauguration of #FixPolitics, said the struggle to bring about good politics was a struggle between good and evil.

He said, “It is important to realise that it is not the kind of fix that drug addicts have that we need in order to fix our politics. That kind of fix is temporary; it gives temporary relief and after a while, it is replaced with distress, happiness until they get another fix.

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“What we need is an enduring fix that can reposition our politics and invigorate our polity. Also, it is important to recognise that the struggle to bring about good politics is really a struggle between good and bad or good and evil.”

In his remarks, the Serving Overseer of the Citadel Global Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, noted that the people benefitting from the lopsided arrangement in Nigerian politics would not want a fix.

“Those benefiting from the lopsided arrangement would rather not want our politics to be fixed. But to those who might be in minority would know that things cannot go on forever without this nation disintegrating.

“There is a lot of work to do to get to the place of consensus. The quest for consensus presupposes the existence of potentially divided opinions. The divided opinions are based on the following categories; generational, regional-ethnic, partisan, religious, gender, class, power blocs and foreign interest,” Bakare said.

Also, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Prof. Charles Soludo, said there was the need for all citizens to participate in the political process.

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