A renowned economist and Convener of the National Consultative Front, Professor Pat Utomi said that the country is not structured to favour the growth of the common man.
He, however, stressed that the country is wired to enable politicians share more funds.
The professor aired his view while being featured in an interview with Arise Television on Tuesday.
He explained that Nigeria’s current economy is faced with challenges because politicians do not to serve the best interest of the people, but to encourage corruption.
He said, “The truth of the matter, the naked truth, is that what is happening in Nigeria is inevitable because the Nigerian State is not constructed to serve the Nigerian people. It is constructed to be bargaining between politicians looking to share booty. Because that is what it is, you will have all this corruption.”
He pointed out that civil servants do not work because the political party that come into power does not have an agenda for the government organisation in place to boost growth and development.
He said, “The Nigerian people have become so frustrated, so fed up, with the nature of the way Nigerian politicians carried on, that when Peter Obi said the right things, it resonated and drove the emergence of a movement that generally got called the Obidient movement around the world, Nigerian diaspora. And if you look at the resurgence of many of the success stories of the 20th century, they had a diaspora base.
“So, the Nigerian diaspora rallied very strongly around the fact that this gentleman was saying a few things right, and a campaign like Nigeria hasn’t seen in a long time happened, and it was deliberately sabotaged, whatever you say about it. The point remains, how do you go forward when you meet this?
“You’ve got to realise and take advantage in trying to save Nigeria that the majority of this country is young. A significant part of our population is under 25. It is fed up, it is looking for something new, but it is also trapped. That’s the most dangerous thing about where we are. This generation is trapped in their values.”