Nigerian elites are responsible for the seemingly unending political and socio-economic challenges confronting the country, The Nation Newspapers’ Editorial Board Chairman Sam Omatseye has said.
Omatseye said the country’s military and political elites had realised early how to impoverish the masses and manipulate their reactions on national issues through religion.
Omatseye spoke in Abuja at the weekend while delivering the keynote address at the President’s nite of the Government College Ugheli Old Boy’s Association (GCUOBA), Abuja branch.
He said: “In the Northeast, the partisans of Boko Haram began as political foot soldiers. Just as the Niger Delta militants, after being wearied into irrelevance when the ljaw Itsekiri fight ended, became happy recruits of the political masters.
“A former governor of Borno State once boasted that the newspapers were wasting their time reporting his poor performances since most of his people could not read. We can understand why Boko Haram burgeoned. Read more