A Nigerian Senator, Dino Melayehas included himself among the political elite who have failed Nigeria and the younger generation. Speaking as a panelist at The Osasu Show Symposium in Abuja on Friday, he said politics being played the elite is responsible for poverty and hunger in Nigeria, and both ills have no political party.
In his words, ‘when you speak the truth, you die, when you lie, you die; so it is better to speak the truth and die. I may sound very unpopular but I will speak the truth. Apart from militocracy, politics is responsible for poverty and hunger in Nigeria. Unfortunately, we the leaders, myself inclusive, have failed this nation and have failed the younger generation myself inclusive’.
He continued to explain saying, ‘the reason why we are where we are today is because there is a disconnect between leadership and followership. As I speak to you, the problem why we are where we are is because of trust. There is no trust between the governed and those governing. Once there is no trust between the followership and the leadership, it will definitely have a negative concomitant effect on the economy, and every other facet of our national life.”
Melaye added that the problems facing Nigeria is not the political parties, and must be tackled everyone, ‘hunger and poverty have no political party, hunger and poverty have no religion. To have brought people to discuss on the line of APC or PDP is not correct, because the poor PDP man and the poor APC man all go to the same market’, he said.