A Political Scientist with Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti, Professor Femi Omotoso has called on Nigerian politicians to do away with the tendencies to recycle themselves or impose their dynasty in power.
Professor Omotoso made the call while delivering the 56th inaugural lecture of Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti titled “Politics of Power and Power of Politics: The Anatomy of Nigerian Government and Politics”.
According to him, the style of recycling leaders has become a tradition in Nigeria political system which has drastically retarded the growth and development of the country.
The Political Scientist expressed concern over a situation where by political offices were being patterned after the traditional African chieftancy inheritance system with politicians installing their children in-law and family members as successors, a style which he said must be discouraged.
Professor Omotoso also suggested the need for the laws of the land to prevent individuals from assuming too much power or personalizing power while institutions must be strengthened to check excesses of political office holders including Presidents and Governors.
The don advocated the review of remuneration and other juicy provisions attached to political offices while the new minimum wage must be approved and implemented to enhance optimal performance among career officers with a view to ensuring effective governance.
Other recommendations by professor Omotoso included synergy between arms of government, independence of the legislative arms, good governance, economic development, empowering the anti-corruption agencies, equity and quick dispensation of justice.
He added that Nigerians should be allowed to freely choose their leaders without any hindrances while the guardian role of godfathers must be discouraged. He also encouraged politicians to avoid the do or die nature of politics in Nigeria, noting that power belongs to God and the He gives to whom He wishes.
In a remark, the vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Edward Olanipekun said the topic of the inaugural lecture was apt and called on government to adopt some of the recommendations. He called on politicians to do away with politics of bitterness, stressing that love for God and love for mankind are the greatest principles that people should imbibe to move the country forward.