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Nigeria’s fortune is decided by a less than 60-person “club of capture” – Pat Utomi



Nigeria's fortune is decided by a less than 60-person "club of capture" - Pat Utomi

Pat Utomi

Professor of Political Economy and former presidential aspirant Pat Utomi has said that there has never really been an election in Nigeria, adding that less than 60 persons have been deciding the fortunes of the nation since independence.

According to PUNCH, Utomi made this at a public lecture organised by the Evangelical Christian Union Alumni Fellowship where he spoke on “Healing a bleeding nation”.

Utomi, who described the group as “club of capture” stated that if no action is taken soon, the country will remain backwards.

He added that oil will be irrelevant to Nigeria withing 12 years.

“Today’s politicians are mentally ill-equipped. The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was surrounded by intellectuals and professors. These days, the opposite is the case. Pimps accompany our politicians. This ‘club of capture’ has inflicted an anti-intellectual culture on the country,” he said.

He grouped the members of “club of capture” into three categories.

“The first is the Moderniser Wannabes. The value system of this category sabotaged their desire.

The second are the narcissistic influencers, who are so consumed by their self-love. These people are contented with whoever is in power so far they can appoint the oil minister and others.

The last are the entitlement-minded ones. Nigeria has become the entitlement of the last category.

When those in the club of capture lose legitimacy, they look for ways to circumnavigate. They look for weak persons to push into positions of authorities so they don’t lose their grip on power.

Nigeria has suffered from power capture for 51 years. Less than 60 persons have been deciding our fortunes for the past 51 years.

When President Muhammadu Buhari travelled abroad for medical vacation, they (club of capture) gathered people together to decide who would be president and vice-president. There has never really been an election in Nigeria. But there is hope for Nigeria,” Utomi said.


  1. oooooooops

    August 11, 2017 at 8:57 am

    We know this problem, issue is how do we get out of this?

  2. Big Tee

    August 11, 2017 at 9:08 am

    I no dey like this kind thing…. mention names or at least first names,

    • Olanna&Odenigbo

      August 11, 2017 at 11:43 am

      He is part of the problem….when he can’t give us names….who is he helping?

      Oga please stop using us to do nollywood guessing game, this isn’t city people magazine…. identify the people or leave us…

  3. Chi

    August 11, 2017 at 9:54 am

    The zoo monkeys and baboons always complaining and doing the same thing over and over again from generation to genaration

  4. NG

    August 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Dr. Utomi, can you hear me? For you and men of national stature like you, you are doing the nation a great disservice by speaking in cliches and symbols. Be forthright in speech because the times are terribly and looking to get worse. This is not the time to play with words. Speak forthrightly but at the same time do not fail to balance acts by proferring solid suggestions on way forward- remain on just grounds or divide.

    I don’t claim to be prescient, but i do have the intellectual capacity to read the signs of the time. Just as we said an emphatic ‘no’ to the choice of Buhari as a president because we knew that with him as a president, we will be scampering to save Nigeria as a nation, because of his unabashed ethno-religious grandstanding, and that the fight against corruption is not same as sacrificing the existence of the nation- we need to exist to fight corruption, without a country, there is nothing you are fighting for.

    Just the same prescience tells me these are not times for fickle rhetoric on burning national issues. Big men too dey die in conflicted nations o. God forbid evil.

  5. Not nigerian

    August 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Have you thought of checking wikileaks? They have cables on “The Patriots”… a group of prominent figures in Nigeria. Some names are listed in the document.

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