Gimba Kakanda @gimbakakanda Head of Media & Comms, @LSEAfricaSummit| University of Iowa IWP ‘17 fellow | IR Student, @LSENews | Governance| Global South| Foreign Policy| Political Economy. Mar. 01, 2019 1 min read

The binary being drawn by these “populist” politicians who hide under the “pro-masses” banner to perpetuate their selfish interest isn’t only dangerous, but sets the poor up to accept an unfair deal as their reality in this mismanaged country.

Painting the Nigerians who have worked hard to earn a decent lifestyle as beneficiaries of corruption is a silly stunt to glorify the poverty of those they have refused to redeem. There’s nothing noble about being poor, and it’s sad that we’re subtly promoting such thinking.

We give the poor in Saminaka false impression that they can’t afford Maitama, and that such people are there as a result of their dabbling in the nation’s finances. Instead of offering them opportunities to compete with their fellow citizens with better education and access.

This demonizing of the rich, especially by those who present themselves as progressives, is tricking of the unambitious petty traders and beggars into accepting their disadvantage as the price of honest living. No, countrymen, you’re being played.

They give you handouts to cheer them up, leaving you with dysfunctional schools and hospitals, while their families go abroad for their health, comfort and education to prepare for inheriting their parents’ place as political scam masters.


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