A former president candidate under the platform of the African Democratic Congress, Kingsley Moghalu, has explained why many Nigerians support corrupt candidates during elections.
Moghalu, through his Twitter page on Thursday said Nigerians support corrupt candidates during elections due to ‘pervasive illiteracy’.
The former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria tweeted, “The biggest problem in Nigeria’s democratic politics is the pervasive illiteracy. People who are not educated cannot make informed and empowered choices. Heck, they don’t even understand the issues of governance, economy, foreign affairs.
“As for the argument that people will sell their votes because they are poor, I think the problem is more a progressive collapse of values. Many people who support incompetent and corrupt candidates went to school and are not really poor. But they suffer from mental poverty.
“Besides, as @UN official in the 1990s I conducted elections in countries where voters were predominantly poor but they were not selling their votes.So Naija matter is not straightforward. Our minds have been corrupted almost beyond repair.” He added.