MICHAEL OLANREWAJU, Ilorin.
An elder statesman, Chief Abiola Ogundokun, has decried making political office more lucrative than security agencies.
He spoke in a brief chat with Daily Champion at Ilorin International Airport enroute Lagos on Monday.
Chief Ogundokun, who was the National Publicity Secretary of the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in 1979-1983, bemoaned a situation whereby young ones with no mentorship training in leadership or any position of responsibility are occupying political positions that are remunerated highly not because they want to serve the people but because of the attached lucrative allowances and other packages.
He said security agencies like police for instance were not well remunerated enough to make them want to die for their fatherland in the course of their duty. He asked rethorically that of what use is a councillor without any record of responsibility but knows a godfather to a police man that is constitutionally assigned to protect lives and property?
According to Ogundokun, who was a member of the Constituent Assembly that fashioned out the 1979 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the politicians of the First and Second Republics were into politics because of the interest of their communities and society.
He added that his election as Councillor in Iwo, Oyo State in 1976 and his achievements spurred him into politics further and subsequent national limelight.
The octogenarian who remains one of the few remaining disclosed that he was part and parcel of many states in Nigeria by virtue of his political with many that are now dead like Sen. Dr. Olusola Saraki, who was Senate Leader in the Second Republic, S. B. Daniyan, S.B. Awoniyi, among others.
He called for a review of the welfare packages for security agencies to spur them to be more dedicated and gallantry in order to effectively tackle all forms of security challenges affecting the country.
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