By Okafor Joseph
Friday February 9,2018
A Professor of Political economics, Professor Patrick Utomi has called on Nigerians to shun the proliferation of political parties as what Nigerians currently need is not political parties but a movement.
Utomi stated this in a symposium organized by the Centre for Leadership and Values(CVL) on Tuesday 6th February 2018 in Lagos to mark his (Professors Utomi’s) birthday.
According to him, what the country urgently needs is not political parties but movements and pressure groups that will help shape the support structure of the 2019 general election.
He maintained that movements are meant to sharpen the ideologies of political parties as well as provide direction to the general public while adding that the Nigeria political atmosphere lacks strong citizens behavior.
In his words, currently, there are several initiatives such as Restoration Group, the third force, and till of recently, Coalition to save Nigeria as formed by the former president Olusegun Obasanjo. But it is my opinion that the time is ripe for us to start talking to one another about the national political future that will further shape our support structure.
He, therefore, called on all Nigerians to join these movements which will be used as a vehicle to revive both political parties and other affiliations while not the need for youth to be actively involved in the country’s politics.
Utomi finally opined that the stage is set for the nation to start incorporating the youths in the political scheme of things. We must begin to get them politically socialized, make them more active and involved and get them involved the affairs of their country.