The former education minister, Obi Ezekwesili, has accused Nigerians and other Africans of fighting the monopolistic style of democracy.
Ezekwesili made the call at the Opening Ceremony of the Citizen’s Office (OOTC) by #FixPolitics, an organization she founded.
The former World Bank Vice President (Africa) noted a massive shift in political participation.
Ezekwesili defined monopoly democracy as a situation similar to a market monopoly and urged citizens to actively participate in governance.
The Leading Director General of the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) lamented the existence of oligopoly in Nigeria and some African countries.
The activist said that indifference and lack of interest on the part of the people made the political class monopolize democracy.
“The reason we have a monopolistic democracy is that we have citizens who cannot participate.
“What we’re doing today is further highlighting the kind of participation citizens should have to break democracy from being monopolistic to being truly competitive.
“Competitive democracy is what leads to better quality governance. We now know that without quality management, we are going nowhere,” Ezekwesili emphasized.
Nigerians and other Africans must fight against monopoly democracy – Obi Ezekwesili