Former Rivers state governor, Rotimi Amaechi has declared that Nigeria is a country without consequences, reckoning that people and eligible voters have successfully failed to hold politicians and leaders accountable for their actions and policies.
Amaechi said that he knows politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires few months after taking up political positions.
Amaechi who is also an erstwhile minister of transportation stated this during a panel session at the fifth edition of The Nigeria Symposium For Young and Emerging Leaders held in Lagos on Friday.
Speaking on ineffective policies and extreme poverty, Amaechi explained that the country’s wealth has been in the pocket of few influential ones and called for politicians to invest in infrastructure in order to create employment opportunities and reduce the rate of crime.
“I know politicians who have suddenly become billionaires, and this is the money that should have been used to build roads and provide amenities that could have been used to improve the lives of citizens. Our politicians have to be clear on how they intend to lift people out of poverty,” he said.
Also commenting on citizen participation, a former presidential candidate, KOWA, Professor Remi Shonaiya, added, “We have to educate ourselves in order to become more active, and we have to begin to consider the greater good in our decisions.
“Most of us don’t care about what is happening in the House of Assembly, we are much more concerned about ourselves. The focus has to be on the people, not the government. But we as the people also have to make sure that we hold our leaders accountable to us. There’s too much personal style in the way we practice politics in the country,” said Professor Shonaiya.