Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna, says there is a disconnect between political and economic elites in Nigeria.
El-Rufai disclosed during a roundtable titled “Mobilizing for Political Economy” at the Nigerian Economic Summit (NES # 27) on Tuesday in Abuja
The governor said nation building is a deliberate exercise and everyone must work together to build a nation.
“I saw a level of disconnection between the political and economic elite. We have found that those in the economy class just want to do business, earn money and live on Banana Island, ”he said.
“But no matter how strong your business is, without a functioning political system and a competent civil service, this business will collapse.
“There should be a level of consensus between the economic and political elite on what is the basic minimum and work on it continuously.
“We have to come together and decide to build our nation – no one will do it for us. Our best and brightest need to get involved in politics or things will just keep getting worse. “
Speaking further, the governor explained that our founding father focused on nationalism, not nation building.
“Our founding father focused on nationalism and a lot of national competition, but it didn’t serve us well,” he added.
“If Awolowo once said that Nigeria is just a geographic expression, it is true, but what he did not add is that most nations were not at one time or another. than a simple geographic expression.
“The orientation and level of sacrifices of political and economic elites are the combinations that more or less determine the trajectory of nations.
El-Rufai added that Kaduna State has been successful in improving its Internally Generated Income (IGR) because its government has deliberately chosen to appoint only the best and brightest in the civil service rather than rewarding politicians. with nominations.
“We need competent people in political and public service, but this is not the case in Nigeria, and things will not work. Unless the best and the brightest hands are in the political system, the outcome will be sub-optimal and terrible, ”he said.
“This is why I continue to call on educated, experienced and accomplished people in Nigeria to join political parties. Let’s have a bunch of decent people in politics, everything else will follow. But if we allow our political system to be populated with people who have nothing to lose, this country will never reach its potential. “