Ahead of the 2019 general elections, presidential aspirant, Fela Durotoye, has stressed that the status quo will be changed for Nigerian politicians.
In a recent interview on Channels Television, the motivational speaker and leadership coach shared his perspective about the leadership structure of Nigeria and the 2019 general elections, stating that “Money will fail in 2019”.
According to Durotoye, things will change in 2019 because the people have “woken up” and are no longer interested in being ruled rather, they want to lead and make deliberate efforts to make their lives better.
He explained that Nigeria has up until now, experienced “rulership” as opposed to “leadership“ but people are now smarter and they now know that when politicians offer you money, they are offering you money to enslave you.”
Durotoye stressed that there is a leadership system called “Selectocracy” in Nigeria, in which “the access to positions of authority and In some cases power, is determined by a few people who have a higher interest in themselves and their own selective interest than they have in the interest of the general public.
“We have not seen leadership in Nigeria. What we have in Nigeria are not leaders, we have rulers and we have to call rulers for what they are,” he said.
However, Durotoye noted that despite being endowed with great resources and potentials to succeed, one key factor that is still lacking is having people who are ready to rise up to responsibility. His words:
“Nobody anywhere in the world has ever doubted the potential of Nigeria.
“We are blessed with natural resources but most importantly human resources. We are the largest black nation in the world.
“If you look at the map of the world, Nigeria is literally at the center of the nexus of world trade. So if you look at it, not only do we have the capacity to maximise our resources, we should be the logistics and production base for the world but we have not yet seen that potential manifest and I believe that potential is not a blessing to a nation – Potential is a call to responsibility for every generation to maximize.”
When asked if he is a member of any political party, he explained that he is still in the process of assessing the parties to ensure that every member has voting rights.
“I have certain characteristics of Political parties that I am looking through and there are quite a few of them that have reached out to me. But I am looking out for the most important one – do the members of the party have voting rights. If it only delegates that have voting rights, that means the delegates can be influenced and bought. If it is every member of the party that has voting rights, that is the kind of the party I am interested in,” he said.
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Fela Durotoye has become a household name in the contemporary Nigerian society and abroad. The popular motivational speaker and leadership guru is the CEO of a leadership development institution -Gemstone Group, which focuses on training, developing, and equipping young leaders. Fela who is also known as Mr. Nigeria is known for his selfless and significant contributions to the country’s economic and social development.
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As expected opinions have been divided between supporters and opposers of the ruling government. However, this time around there are more objective polls than partisan. Many they say, have built resistance against the sweet talking of intending contenders who drastically intensify their strategies as elections draw near.
We can then say that it is going to be quite an interesting show come 2019 electioneering. Already some politicians have made their 2019 aspirations known to the public through various platforms. But the President of the country, Muhammadu Buhari is yet to declare his bid.
Regardless, the masses are expectant of a second tenure bid from the president. This expectation is what has formed the basis of arguments across the country.