Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko says there is a perceived notion held by the public that Nigerian politicians are vagabonds and rogues. He said this today October 19th at the University of Ibadan where a book, Servicing my Fatherland, which was written by former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, was presented to the public.
“I am here because I am excited about the personality of Prof. Adeniran, not only as an intellectual but also as a politician. It is important for the intellectuals in politics to document their experience.
There is this demonic characterization of politicians in Nigeria. Politicians are seen as vagabonds, rogues and so on. The only way to stop this and correct this impression is for those who have served to document their experience in politics so that Nigerians will also know that there are still many men of honor in politics, people who offer selfless service to their fatherland. I am looking forward to reading this book and I will recommend it to Nigerians. Many intellectuals are armchair critics but it is very important to have intellectuals, who have taken part in politics. They must have gone through everyday challenges that politicians face so they will know that it is possible to mix the two. Every politician does not have to be an intellectual but every politician must drink from the knowledge of intellectuals like Prof. Adeniran.”he said