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Nigeria’s Obiageli Ezekwesili – ‘Get interested by politics, or be ruled by idiots’

By Nicholas Norbrook

Posted on April 30, 2021 13:38

As Nigeria grapples with multiple insurgencies, with the hangover from the #EndSARS protests still fresh, governance campaigner Obiageli Ezekwesili does not mince her words. Without urgent action and deep-rooted reform, she says, the country will slide into existential chaos.

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.

For her, a key ingredient in that process is the formation of an elite class with vision beyond self-enrichment. “We are now 21, going on 22, years of unbroken democracy,” says Ezekwesili, but what prevents the move from country to nation “is this matter of the subordination of the common good for narrow and private interests”.

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