Accord Party, presidential candidate, Prof Chris Imumolen has given reasons why he has avoided going all the way to the Chatham House, London to speak about what he would do if he becomes Nigeria’s president in next month’s general elections.
It has been the practise of some of the country’s top politicians, particularly those contesting for the office of president, to throng the Chatham House, London to speak on their manifestos for the forthcoming elections.
But while making his views known on the development, Professor Imumolen said it was an abnormality that must not be allowed to continue as it is an exhibition of what he describes as “colonial mindset.”
The academic and businessman finds it utterly incomprehensible how leaders from a sovereign country like Nigeria would only feel a sense of acceptance after they speak at the Chatham House forum
He feels it has a colonial colouration and should be jettisoned.”I have tried to find, without success, the rationale behind our leaders’ constant visits to UK’s Chatham House to speak about what they would do if they win the forthcoming presidential elections”Prof Imumolen said
The question I have often asked when I see this high level of inferiority complex is, must they, first, travel all the way to a foreign country — one which incidentally used to be our colonial masters — to be heard?
“In this era of ICT and internet connectivity, it befuddles the mind to discover that a group of people would still think that they need to visit a particular place to speak in order to reach a wider audience.”I don’t think the practice is healthy for our country
“I don’t think the practice is healthy for our country. And I also doubt that other countries of the world would see it as reasonable doing same.”I frown at it and would never consider it an option going all the way to the United Kingdom before I can get listening ears.
“My stance on our complete detachment from all colonial tendencies, including the constant visits to the Chatham House for validation ahead major elections, does not mean we would be antagonistic in our foreign policy outlook.
“As former colonial masters through whom we share some similar interests, Britain will always be a partner in all good things we hope to achieve as a country.
“However, am saying that our pursuance of friendly bilateral interests will not be made to jeopardize or diminish our status as a sovereign country of its own if I get elected as Nigeria’s next president,” he said