Friday, 27 May 2016

FG’s control of resources is corruption – Don




A Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lagos, Kolawole Ogundowole, has said it is wrong of the Federal Government to control the resources produced by the various regions of the country.
Describing the control of resources by the Federal Government as an act of corruption, Ogundowole said each tribe should be allowed to control the resources in its domain.
Ogundowole also said no contemporary political party in the country had shown the political will to change the country.
He described Nigerian politicians as “internal colonialists” who were merely building on the sad legacies of the British colonialists.
He said real change would take place when each tribe of the country was given the power to manage its resources and territory.
He said rather than “shrink the country into geopolitical zones,” each tribe should be identified by its real name and given territorial sovereignty.
Ogundowole spoke in Lagos on Thursday during the presentation of his two books titled, “From Kakistocracy to Institution of Democracy,” and “US Africa: The path not taken.”
The don, who defined ‘Kakistocracy’ as the rule by the worst in a society, described the sharing of national resources by the Federal Government as “colonialism” in a new form.
Tracing the country’s political history to the British colonial era, Ogundowole said the colonialists foisted an irregular system on the country which successive Nigerian leaders had refused to change.
He said, “It is unethical for anybody that has no territory to lay claim to a mineral deposit that he never owns. The Federal Government’s claim and power over resources owned by each ethnic group is, in itself, corruption.”
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