Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, Patrick Okedinachi Utomi, has insisted that Nigeria is yet to experience democracy 61 year after British colonisation.
Utomi who was a Presidential candidate during the 2011 election made this disclosure during an exclusive interview with iBrandTV.
He lamented over the unguarded utterances and actions building tensions across the country.
According to him, “All decent people of goodwill should do a lot to learn how to talk to strangers and deal with people we do not know. This is the problem.
“People build up stereotypes about others and say all unjustifiable things to strangers and because of this, we have this tension that is tearing our country apart.
“The essence of democracy is rational public conversation, such conversation would bring in lessons that would lead to growth and progress.
“Due to the fact that emotions are being exploited so much, the nation is being challenged.”
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He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management Consultants of Nigeria and a former presidential candidate. He is the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership and the African Democratic Congress.
He is the founder of the African Democratic Congress. He is a professor at Lagos Business School, and has served in senior positions in government, as an adviser to the president of Nigeria, the private sector, as Chief Operating Officer of Volkswagen Nigeria.