A Kaduna-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, has identified the lack of grassroots politics as a major problem affecting the country’s political development.
According to the Islamic cleric, for grassroots politics to be successful, politicians need to establish strong contact with people in rural areas so that they can participate in Nigeria’s political system.
Receiving the delegation of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for governor of Kaduna, led by Isa Mohammed Ashiru, the party’s candidate for state governor, at his residence, he opined that it was necessary to connect with the people at the grassroots level. . for any leader to understand the problems people face.
He explained, “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”.
Sheikh Gumi advised the next governor of the state to look into the insecurity in Birnin Gwari and other parts of the state with a view to addressing it for the peaceful coexistence of the citizens.
The Islamic cleric suspected politicians of approaching traditional leaders, academics and community leaders to take them and listen to their advice on issues affecting the population in order to provide good governance to the people.
PDP gubernatorial candidate Ashiru, while responding, explained that they were at Gumi’s house to seek his blessings as the country approaches elections.