Politics should not be seen as a means to butter one’s bread, but to make the nation better.

There is no better way to tell this to politicians and it is good when such admonition comes from a fellow politician.

Prince Bisi Yusuff is a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, and he represents Alimosho Constituency I and he made this statement on Monday in Lagos.

Nigeria’s underdevelopment, according to him, stems from the failure of the political class to focus its politics on issues of development.

He also said Nigeria can only overcome its security challenges when politicians focus their attention on the living condition of the citizenry

“Politics goes beyond bread and butter. Our politics should be making the nation better. We must erase bad practices from our polity.

“What matters is not how much land or houses we have acquired but how many lives we have touched and affected by our politics positively.

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“We must shift to development-oriented politics in Nigeria from mere politics which focuses on electoral contest alone,” the lawmaker said.

Yusuff, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local) believes that the bane of Nigerian politics is largely the failure of many political office holders to rise above their selfish interests.

“It should not be so; we must consider those who are the owners of the mandate first. The real owners of the power are the people.

“We have to accord them that priority and welfare. We have to attract to them good infrastructural facilities and development.

“It should not be selfish politics and politics of greed or sheer politics characterising our political space. It is not good, it is affecting us,” Yusuff said.

The question now is, will they listen? Can we even trust the speaker himself?

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