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Jega describes Nigerian politicians as the most difficult in the world

17 March 2016, 15:23

Abuja - Former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega has described Nigerian politicians as the most difficult to deal with in the world.

Jega made the remarks at Chatham House in London on Wednesday in an interactive session after delivering a lecture titled: ‘Challenges of Modernising Election Processes: the Nigerian Experience.

He said as a Vice Chancellor of a university, he had thought students were the most difficult to deal with, noting that as INEC Chairman, he later discovered hat politicians in Nigeria were the most difficult to relate with.

Also read: Jega bows out as INEC Chairman

He said despite efforts aimed at carrying the politicians along by keeping them abreast with INEC activities and initiatives, the politicians would later turn round to reject what they approved

He said  both the former government and the National Assembly approved funds for smart card readers and permanent voters cards, among others, after being convinced of their necessity in ensuring credible elections, but when it dawned on them that they would not be able to manipulate elections as they did in the past, they strongly opposed the initiatives.

He added that Nigerian politicians are good at accusing the commission of trying to favour rival parties if things were not going the way they wanted.

- News 24


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