Kaduna-based Islamic scholar. Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has identified the lack of grassroots politics as a major problem in the country.
He said that good politicians need to build contacts with the grassroots to be successful.
Gumi spoke as he received the delegation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Kaduna, Isa Mohammed Ashiru, at his residence.
He said that no leader can understand the problems that people are facing without having a connection with the people at the grassroots level.
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“Kaduna needs leadership with the grassroots connection. People are not governed on paper, you have to have contacts with the base. The lack of grassroots politics is what brought these problems to the country.
“If you sit in the state house waiting for reports to be presented to you on safety, health. It may look perfect on paper but zero on the ground. That is what is currently happening,” she said.
He advised the next governor of the state to look at the insecurity in Birnin Gwari in order to address it.
The academic advised politicians to approach traditional leaders, academics and community leaders to take them and listen to their advice to provide good governance to the people.
In her reply, Ashiru said that they were at Gumi’s house to seek her blessings as the country approaches the elections.