Former UN Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule On Corruption In Nigeria.

Former UN Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Sule On Corruption In Nigeria.


Sir Yusuf Maitama Sule spoke on corruption and democracy in Nigeria in a candid interview. That the style of democracy which can effectively govern an African nation must come from its people. It has to be determined by our cultural parameters, a so-called “Afrocracy”. For many years now, I myself have averred that from the law and order that binds this country, to style of our democracy must be defined by us and our values alone. An Africentric democracy, if you will. It is clear to see that we have different values, culture and etiquettes from the Western and Eastern societies.

Yusuf Maitama Sule is a Nigerian politician, intellectual, acclaimed orator and diplomat. He became the Federal Commissioner of public complaints in 1976, a position which earned him the nation’s first ombudsman. He ran against Shehu Shagari in 1979, as the National Party of Nigeria’s presidential candidate. Although he lost the presidential race, he was appointed Nigeria’s representative to the United Nations after the coming of civilian rule in September 1979. During his time there he was chairman of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid. After, the re-election of President Shagari in 1983, Maitama Sule was made the Minister for National Guidance, an appointment designed to assist the president in tackling corruption.


“Only when we have discipline that we can have law & order. And only then we can move forward ~Maitama Sule”

From a very young age, before I understood everything about democracy, I knew that we were not really ready to for it. I believe that as a people we are sadly lacking discipline. It was unfortunate to see that we have to be man-handled in order to do anything right, this was the sad truth even a child could see. That is not to say that we needed to stay under military dictatorship. But there is and was a great need for enforced law and order, for consequences, and a transition, in order to achieve discipline.
My favourite part of the above interview was the closing statement: “Sallah ai daga liman take bacci” #Epic


The Man Sardauna Was by Maitama Sule

What do you think of the points he made? And what do you think can effectively govern our nations? Discuss in the comments below.


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  1. Muhammadbabah
    March 3, 2013 / 8:12 am

    Our last true patriot. 

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