Nigerians More Interested In Voting Leaders To Represent Their Religion Tribes — Shehu Sani

Former senator representing Kaduna’s central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, on Tuesday condemned Nigerians’ urge to vote for incompetent leaders.

He complained that Nigerians were more interested in voting for a candidate based on ethnicity, tribe and religion, rather than competence.

Sani responded to the emergence of Indian descendant and former British Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, as the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Sunak won the race on Monday after the sudden resignation of Liz Truss last week as a result of her disastrous plans for tax cuts and policy reversals that culminated in an economic crisis in the country.

Sani, who compared the situation in the UK to what is happening in Nigeria via his Twitter handle, blames the crises in his country on identity politics.

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He noted that Nigerians were in the process of voting for leaders who were willing to admit their ethnic and religious identity, but were unable to perform.

He wrote: “A Hindu is their prime minister and a Muslim is their mayor. Their interest is competent leadership and delivery. They rose above ethnic and religious sentiments. In most cases, people here are not looking for leaders who will develop their country, but who will represent their identity.”

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