Wednesday October 23, 2019 5:44 PM

I know politicians who became billionaires overnight after taking up political offices- Amaechi

A former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has stated that Nigeria is a country where voters have failed to hold politicians and leaders accountable for their actions and policies.

Amaechi made this known during a panel session at the fifth edition of The Nigeria Symposium For Young and Emerging Leaders held in Lagos on Friday.

According to him, he knows politicians who have suddenly turned billionaires few months after taking up political positions.

Amaechi spoke on ineffective policies and extreme poverty, adding that Nigeria’s  has been in the pocket of an influential few.

“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 speaking, a former presidential candidate, KOWA, Professor Remi Shonaiya, said,“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.

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