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Nigerians Knock Desmond Elliot For Glorifying Godfatherism

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Nigerians on social media have lashed out at over his comments glorifying godfatherism in politics.

Nigerians Knock Desmond Eliot For Glorifying Godfatherism
Nigerians Knock Desmond Eliot For Glorifying Godfatherism

The movie star, who contested and won the Surulere constituency in 2015, said he is a product of godfatherism while speaking on the coming election.

Elliot berated Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki, for adopting “Edo no be Lagos” as his re-election mantra. He also described his own political career as being a product of godfatherism.

“A godfather always tries to look after the interest of his people. I’m a product of godfatherism but Tinubu has never for one day asked me to do something you know would be detrimental,” he said.

“It’s progressive. So, let him (Obaseki) not castigate the whole thing. If not for godfatherism, would he be where he is today? My point isn’t even about him; it’s that I want to talk about my candidate.”

Speaking further, Elliot also laughed off the context of Obaseki’s mantra that Edo won’t be like Lagos, claiming the latter shielded the state from achieving the economic prosperity that Lagos has recorded.

“But when you say ‘can not be’, you’re already putting a cover. And I’m a spiritual person. You cannot say such things. We have pastors and Imams that will break the yoke,” the actor added.

“You can’t say it won’t be when Lagos makes an IGR of over 30 billion every month. You can’t hear about unpaid salaries or pension. You see projects coming up, investors, and investment coming.

“We are the fifth-largest economy in Africa. So why will you say Edo can’t be Lagos because you are trying to sell an idea? Let me tell you something, loyalty is important.”

Eliot’s stance did not however sit well with a cross-section of Nigerians on social media who berated him for his comments.

See some reactions below:

 

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