Nothing wrong with godfathers in Nigerian politics – Dare, Sports Minister

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Mr Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has said there is nothing wrong in having godfathers in politics as long as competence is accorded priority.
He stated this at the unveiling of Lead Generation Initiative, a non-governmental and non-political organisation created by Hon. Shina Peller, a lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Kajola/Iwajowa Federal Constituency in Oyo State.
Dare, while answering a question on youth participation in politics and necessity of having a godfather,
Said: “The definition of a godfather is not a monolith. In the context of our own politics, a godfather is someone who sits there, decides and takes all the decisions; decides who gets what, whether it is resources or positions.
“Also, before you can become a godfather, you must have paid some dues, you must have a level of influence, you must have some clout and you must have made sacrifices overtime. But beyond that, we also have godfathers for our children.
“The concept of godfatherism simply means that there are some individuals or influential leaders – who can be in block or individuals – who have the levers of control when it comes to political decisions and appointments.
“For me, in its entirety, godfatherism is not bad. But godfatherism that sacrifices competence for something else is bad.”

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