Ondo state governor, Olusegun Mimiko has said there is a terrible thinking from the public that Nigerian politicians are perceived as rogues and vagabonds, arguing that there are intellectual politicians in the country, who desire to offer selfless service to their fatherland.
Mimiko was speaking at the public presentation of a book, ‘Serving my fatherland’, written by a former Minister of Education, Prof. Tunde Adeniran, at the University of Ibadan on Monday.
Also present at the event were a former Senate President, Ken nnamani; a former military governor of Oyo State, Gen. Oladayo Popoola; a former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni, and many other dignitaries.
He said, “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 characterisation 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 honour 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.”