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28 Aug 2017

How I Contributed To Hunger and Poverty In Nigeria – Dino Melaye Reveals

Dino Melaye, senator representing Kogi west senatorial district, has said that he and other political elites are responsible for the poverty and hunger in the country.

The controversial Kogi senator stated this while speaking as one of the panelists at The Osasu Show Symposium in Abuja, themed ‘The new economy and its impact on less privilege citizens’, over the weekend.

Melaye said politics being played by the elite is responsible for poverty and hunger in Nigeria, and both ills have no political party.

“When you speak the truth, you die, when you lie, you die; so it is better to speak the truth and die. I may sound very unpopular but I will speak the truth. Apart from militocracy, politics is responsible for poverty and hunger in Nigeria,” Melaye said.

“Unfortunately, we the leaders, myself inclusive, have failed this nation and have failed the younger generation — myself inclusive. The reason why we are where we are today is because there is a disconnect between leadership and followership.

“As I speak to you, the problem why we are where we are is because of trust. There is no trust between the governed and those governing.

“Once there is no trust between the followership and the leadership, it will definitely have a negative concomitant effect on the economy, and every other facet of our national life.”

Melaye added that the ills facing Nigeria have no political party, and must be tackled by everyone.

“Hunger and poverty have no political party, hunger and poverty have no religion. To have brought people to discuss on the line of APC or PDP is not correct, because the poor PDP man and the poor APC man all go to the same market,” he said.

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