Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has expressed disappointed over the conduct of political gladiators during the general election, even as he decried weak institution and lack of genuine love for the country.
Speaking at the 2019 edition of Eledumare Festival, Adams said: “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 and welfare packages for the poor and the old.
“In Rwanda, after the unprecedented genocide and economic downturn, the country later found its feet and bounced back.
“In Nigeria, school children are usually traumatised on daily basis, yet, we churn out graduates in all our universities every year, only for many of them to face unemployment and societal stigma after graduation.
“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 attitudes 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 uninterrupted democracy, our political class are yet to learn their lessons that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Vox Populi vox dei.
“In an ideal world, democracy offers the best opportunity for people to choose their leaders; leaders who are ready to serve, leaders who have the interest of the country at heart, leaders who are ready to build strong institutions for Nigeria to attain its potential.
“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.”