Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has said Africa’s most populous country Nigeria is not progressing because of nepotism.
Nepotism is a form of favoritism that is granted to relatives in various fields, including business, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, and other activities. The term originated with the assignment of nephews to important positions by Catholic popes and bishops.
According to Tribune, the former President disclosed this, on Tuesday, April 6, while speaking at the Palace of the Emir of Bauchi during a one-day working visit to Bauchi state.
He said for someone to be appointed to an office or given responsibility in Nigeria, they must know someone at the top. This, he said, has been drawing the country backward.
“In Nigeria, we have this tradition where some people feel that some ministries are big and juicy and must be given to a special person or that you have to know someone before you give him a responsibility role or put him somewhere.
It is not like that with me, it is not my way of doing things,” he said.