Politics Updated: March 29, 2023

Governance: Why Nigeria Should Learn From Scotland — Peter Obi

By Sydney Elike
March 29, 2023

Labour Party's Peter Obi has stated why Nigeria needs to take lessons in governance from Scotland.

Speaking via his Twitter handle late on Tuesday, the leader of the Obidient Movement used an illustration of 37-year-old Humza Yousaf, who is poised to become Scotland's First Minister.

Obi revealed that Yousaf who emerged to clinch the position in a keenly contested process was born to Pakistani parents and emigrated to Scotland.

He said that Yousaf is a Muslim from an ethnic minority, a lesson that Nigeria needs to learn.

Humza Yousaf


According to the former governor, a nation like Scotland which practices organised democracy takes into consideration character, competence and compassion rather than ethnicity and religion.

Obi also renewed his call for Nigeria to rise above ethnicity, religion and sectarian politics in matters of governance.

"A 37-year-old, Humza Yousaf is set to become Scotland's first minister, having won the keenly contested SNP's leadership contest.

"Born of Pakistani parents, who emigrated to Scotland in the '60s, Yousaf is from the ethnic minority and a Muslim.

"In an organised democracy like Scotland, Character Competence, Capacity, and Compassion, rather than ethnicity and religion form the basis on which credible leaders are voted into power. A lesson for Nigeria!


"I have always maintained that Nigerians must rise above ethnicity, religion and sectarian politics in matters of governance; and that the leadership selection process must be strictly based on Character, Competence, Capacity and Compassion.

"Only then shall our democracy flourish, and our society progress.

"Contextually, the Scottish realty is instructive and presents us some lessons learned and missed opportunities.

"As Nigerians, we must strive for a leadership imbued with Character, Competence, Capacity, Credibility and Commitment", the post reads.


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