Why godfathers are important in Nigerian politics – Minister

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has said that godfathers in politics is right saying there are just experience influential people.

The minister said this on Thursday at the unveiling of Lead Generation Initiative, a non-governmental and non-political organisation created by businessman and lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo State at the House of Representatives, Shina Peller.

While answering a question bordering on youth participation in politics and necessity of having a godfather, Dare stated that it was not entirely bad.

He said, “The definition of godfatherism is not a monolith. In the context of our own politics, a godfather is someone who sits there, decides and takes all the decisions, decides who gets what, whether it is resources or positions.

“Also, before you can become a godfather, you must have paid some dues, you must have a level of influence, you must have some clout and you must have made sacrifices overtime. But beyond that, we also have godfathers for our children.

“The concept of godfatherism simply means that there are some individuals or influential leaders – who can be in block or individuals – who have the levers of control when it comes to political decisions and appointments.

“For me, in its entirety, godfatherism is not bad. But godfatherism that sacrifices competence for something else is bad.”

 

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