Former Director General, National Orientation Agency, Dr. Mike Omeri, has revealed that politicians who lack ideas are those who are successful at the polls most often.
Omeri made the revelation while exchanging views with journalists in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He reiterated that national growth has continued to suffer set back because competent Nigerians were being sacrifice for those who win elections or given opportunity to decide the fate of the country and they have nothing to offer. They are minimalist, macro and limited to the vagaries of our self-imposed fault line, according to News Diary.
“I know people are yearning for change, things that would make life better for them and the communities. When politicians come we have those with ideas and those with promises. And most times it’s the people with promises that win the election without ideas of what to put together for the good of the society,” he said
Omeri explained the biggest bane of the nation’s progress is that politicians come to governance without understanding the idea of what the institutions are all about adding that what preoccupied their mind is what they will get and leave.
He continued, “When politicians win the election, they don’t understand the institution, they are just there to make it. Like someone said politics has become an industry which people come to harvest forgetting that after 4 years they become ordinary citizens and they come to face the promises they made and never fulfilled”.
“People believe they can make money that would last them for life in the Nigerian system. The system has become weak with little capacity to check institutional lapses adding the politicians have succeeded in weakening the stronger instructions that would have protected the system to work in Nigeria.
“All the institutions that appear to be strong to help protect will power have been weakened by the politicians promises without understanding the institution they want to use for governance. So they use the regime protection mechanism, self-perpetuation strategy and power through our commonwealth to the detriment of growth, development and stability,” he added.