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Nigeria’s Ezekwesili – ‘Get interested by politics, or be ruled by idiots’ [replay]

By Nicholas Norbrook

Posted on August 27, 2021 06:22


In this week’s pick of some our favourite discussions of 2021, we go back to Nigerian governance campaigner Obiageli Ezekwesili.

As Nigeria grapples with multiple insurgencies, with the hangover from the #EndSARS protests still fresh, Ezekwesili does not mince her words.

Without urgent action and deep-rooted reform, she says, the country will slide into existential chaos.

It is not an African or Nigerian problem, the struggle to move forward from a violent past into a better future – plenty of European and American countries have faced the same.

But Ezekwesili points to a failure of state building in the Nigerian case. “Whereas we became a country, we have not become a nation”, she says.

The veteran politician – who has run for president, and who has served in several capacities as minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo – has now opened a School of Politics, Policy and Governance.

This podcast originally aired on 30 April, 2021

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