Explaining ‘godfatherism ‘ in Nigerian. Politics. Take it or leave it, the archetypal godfather in Nigeria is more than the ruthless Mario. Puzo’s kingpins in the. The conflict arising from godfatherism has become one of the greatestproblems facing the Nigerian political system. The holder of the politicalposition becomes. 23 May Interestingly, what is referred to as godfatherism may not in reality be new to Nigerian politics. Several writers have traced the origin of.
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They want to have their kleptomaniac hands in the treasury tile as well as have a vice grip on godfathfrism political structure. This is channel that powerful forms of political godfatherism come and influence the people and candidate and uses the channel to make a huge amount of money Power-seeker types of godfatherism: As results of this create room for most gladiators to embezzle the state resource without adequate accountability, the above scenarios can be views as extrinsic because most of the gladiator or elite get involvement for the purpose of external godfathedism.
The point must however be made that there are great differences between the concept and effects of godfatherism as existed in the First Republic and what obtains in Nigeria of today. However,if it is for selfish reasons rather than altruistic, there is bound to be crisis.
In the current disposition, governor Shettima of Borno state epitomizes the worldview of a godfather without the intention of continuously exploiting the state like somebody who puts a straw in a container of smoothie solely to keep sucking it perpetually. Why should a sitting president seek to nail his political opponents by hook or crook and as such try to hasten the process of law which is traditionally slow?
However, experience has shown that the patronage of political godfathers carries with it grave consequences, not only for the politician, but also for the public and the political stability of the country itself.
Fourthly, the citizenry will end up being impoverished due to the fact that a leadership that is totally disconnected from the aspirations of the people has been produced by a flawed system. Ganduje as a successor. By Afe Babalola One of the problems militating against true development by the political parties in Nigeria is the absence of internal democracy often symbolized by what has come to be known as the godfather factor or godfatherism.
A few years back, it took the judicial intervention of the Supreme Court to restore the mandate of a Governor in the South West who was impeached by some members of the State House of Assembly, allegedly on the instructions of the godfather who had facilitated the election of the governor in question.
Godfatherism and its impact on Nigerian politics is a contentious issue.
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A godfather in the Nigerian context is one who by virtue of either immense wealth or political goodwill is able to determine not only the persons that are nominated by their parties to contest election but who in most cases are able to guarantee the victory of such candidates. The raging argument among intellectuals is that most political godfathers are self-centred individuals who want in return for their support and political influence so much financial and political favour from the one they helped enthrone onto authority.
These groups of people are called gladiator godfathers because of the resources they have in hand, which creates room for most of them to have a strong channel of connection such as international or foreign trade business and they make uses of such opportunity to have massive mouth in political institution of the community or the state, a typical example Dangote. In Nigerian perspective, the issue of godfatherism in Nigeria politics is commonplace where politician and elite channels to dictate and exercise in politics with ideas of contributing massive with the resources of manpower in putting someone in authority with bi-lateral agreement to have a link in the administration and offer certain favours when they eventually climb the throne, this issue is a common philosophy among the elite in Nigerian political system.
Through their political parties, they were able to influence the political careers and fortunes of many politicians of the period. And all that is out of the use of government funds. This practice is not alien to Nigeria but what is strange is the replication of these practices in our political system.
On election day itself Action Congress and ANPP supporters pointed to the PDP youth in several local governments as having been involved in widespread attacks on polling stations that saw many ballot boxes stolen by gangs of PDP supporters. This has led to a breakdown in relations between armed cult groups and their former sponsors.
Opponents of the chairman alleged that he made regular payments to that Commissioner out of local government coffers. The battles lines were drawn between presidents Jonathan and also formal president Obasanjo this intense crisis among the party and their godfatherism create a chaotic background for the opposition to emerged the winning in past election.
The raging argument among intellectuals is that most political godfathers if not all are simply a bunch of self-centered individuals who want in return for their support and political influence so much financial and political favour from the one they helped enthrone onto authority which has eventually happened in this current administration.
The Ngige godfather mess is followed closely by the case of the strongman of lbadan politics, Lamidi Adedibu, whose grandson, Adebayo Adedibu.
Direct State Sponsorship of Thugs in Katsina In at least one Nigerian state, Katsina, the state government paid money directly to gangs of youth who were accused of carrying out widespread political violence in return for those payments.
Many voters before the recent efforts of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC to bring about true reform in the electoral process,had developed strong apathy towards the system. For Saraki, it is an inheritance from his father, the late Olusola Saraki, nicknamed Oloye, who was once the senate leader and strongman of Kwara politics. Pplitics the question is, should we accommodate godfatherism in Nigerian politics and what roles have godfathers to play in shaping our democracy and if really there is something positive to expect from them?
They must defer to their political godfathers for matters godfatherim as appointment of commissioners, appointment into the board of statutory corporations, etc.
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Most politicians see nigetian godfathers as the most convenient means of winning elections. Human Rights Watch, Chop Fine, pp. Most voters will therefore leave their homes only with the intention of collecting whatever largesse was available at the polling booths and with absolutely no interest in the capacity or ability of whoever is declared the winner of the election.
Whether the rift was premeditated or a spontaneous fallout of divergence in leadership philosophy by both the incumbent and predecessor remains shrouded. Is there really something positive to expect from them?
You are commenting using your Twitter account. Before the idea was brought at a Government House meeting to establish television viewing centers in all of the wards. The feud is so fierce that Kwankwaso godfattherism at a time barred from stepping his foot into Kano which is the capital of a state that he governed twice.
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For example, the World Bank considers patronage or nepotism by government officials, theft of state assets, or the illegal diversion of state revenues as corruption. In some cases godfathers are themselves public officials, jn their access to public funds to sponsor lower-level officials. Six sewing tips for custom-made dresses.