- Aare Gani Adams has expressed disappointment over the conduct of political gladiators during the 2019 elections
- The Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land lamented that Nigeria's democracy is gradually becoming an anomaly
- The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leader decried the attitude of the current crop of politicians in the country
Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, on Tuesday, March 26 expressed disappointment over the conduct of political gladiators during the 2019 general elections, even as he blamed weak institution and lack of genuine love for the country.
Speaking at the 2019 edition of the annual Eledumare Festival, Adams lamented that Nigeria's democracy is gradually becoming an anomaly.
According to him, the attitude of the current crop of politicians in the country, “is a perfect picture of what a democracy should never be.”
His words: “When the journey for democracy began in 1999 we believed there were hopes for Nigeria and took the risk: The long years of the military was our poor past and all that we wanted then was democracy.
“But sadly, our democracy today is gradually becoming a different thing entirely. I think one of the problems of this country is the weak institution. No free health services, no welfare packages for the poor and the old as it is done in the developed world.
“Nothing exemplifies the utter chaos, the seemingly irreversible entropy that has percolated the very being of the entity called Nigeria over the years than the attitudes of our politicians. Our politicians lose focus so easily and they turn Nigeria into a directionless country.
"If you want to know why Nigeria has never worked, just take a look at the attitudes of our politicians, especially, before, during and after the just concluded general elections. Their attitude present a perfect picture of what a democracy should never be.
“They illustrate the absolute befuddlement that Nigeria has descended into. It is sad that after 20 years of an uninterrupted democracy, our political class are yet to learn their lessons that the voice of the people is the voice of God.
“In an ideal world, democracy offers the best opportunity for people to choose their leaders. Leaders who are ready to serve. Leaders that have the interest of the country at heart. Leaders who are ready to build strong institutions for Nigeria to attain its potentials. These are the kind of leaders, Nigerians need most as we journey through the next dispensation.
“As Nigerians, we must set forth a future we want not only for ourselves, but for the generations yet unborn.So that the future of our children, and that of the next generation can be secured and guaranteed.”
On the just concluded Eledumare Festival, Adams said the idea of celebrating Eledumare Festival and other festivals across Yorubaland is borne out of the desire to promote the heritage and the cultural identity of the Yoruba race and to also provide the best platform for the restoration of lost glory .
The guest lecturer, Professor Orimogunje, from the Department of Linguistic, and African studies, University of Lagos, in his speech, spoke about the future of the Yoruba race, saying efforts should be made to promote Yoruba language, and other values of the race.
He also eulogized the courage of Aare Adams for promoting the cultural identity of the race, urging all members of the group to support the Aare Onakakanfo in ensuring peace in Yoruba land,and Nigeria as a whole.
“What Aare is doing is in the interest of the race. Eledumare Festival is solely for everybody, but it is sad that it is only the Oodua Peoples Congress that is celebrating God in this special manner. It is sad also that government has never deemed it fit to support this lofty initiative, however, I must commend Aare Gani Adams for doing what seems difficult for all the big men of the Yoruba nation,” he said.
Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA AFRICA, has listed six major critical incidents that characterised the supplementary elections in in 23 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Saturday, March 23.
The group said there were several incidences of voter suppression, intimidation of observers, vote buying, bribery amongst others.
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