Should Nigerian Celebrities Act as Political Praise Singers?
As election draws closer, more entertainers are getting involved in politics.
Some artistes in Nigeria on Thursday appealed to politicians and Nigerians to guard their utterances and not heat up the polity ahead of the Feb. 14 general elections.
They made the appeal in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.
They are of the view that heating up the polity would put tension on the populace which might not augur well for the electorate.
Joseph Okougbo, the leader, Infinity Musical Group, popularly known “Olori Oko”, said that politics should be about telling and selling ideas through their manifestos.
“They are to enlighten the masses on what they want to do and bring up personalities that can deliver on those ideals to the populace.
“It is disheartening that politics today does not reflect these paradigms. Politicians and their campaign teams should focus on promotion of how they would better the lot of the people.”
Okougbo said that political parties should stay focused in scrutinising candidates based on their eligibility, ability and track record.
He said such candidates must be sincerie, have sense of purpose and true commitment to serving the people.
“That way, after elections, such individuals will be committed to doing the right thing for the nation.
“We need to be conscious, the big picture is not just food in our tummies; it is Nigeria becoming better,”Okougbo said.
A professional photographer, Jesse Akerele-Omoghene, told NAN that people no longer believe in any politicians because of their failures to fulfill old promises.
“If politicians fulfill the promises in their manifestoes, things will work out well,” he said.
He added that Nigerians were wiser and their desire was to see things run smoothly.
“The masses should vote for who they want. We can only do our part by voting and leave the rest to God,” Akerele-Omoghene said.
Emmanuel Afemikhe, popularly known as Emizon, said the politicians should do things right, they should think outside the box and make good their promises to the common man.
He advised the masses to vote because “we have the right to vote for whoever we feel can deliver. (NAN)
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