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Politicians Launch Books They Have Never Read- Shehu Sani

He further noted that these politicians engage in the practice of hiring professors to write books under their names, but upon inquiry, it becomes evident that they had no involvement in the creation of such books.

By Johnson Atoukudu:

Senator Shehu Sani, a former representative of Kaduna Central, expressed his concern over the deteriorating reading culture in Nigeria. He emphasized that this unfortunate trend is a significant factor hindering the nation’s progress and causing it to lag behind other countries in the global community.

Senator Sani expressed these remarks during the flag-off event of the 2023 Readership Promotion Campaign (RPC), organized by the National Library and the Ministry of Education, where he received an award. The senator emphasized that the decline in reading culture in Nigeria has worsened, and he highlighted that this is particularly noticeable among the educated and influential individuals who hold positions of power.

“The elites particularly the politicians, many of them launch books that they have never read,” Senator Sani said.

He further noted that these politicians engage in the practice of hiring professors to write books under their names, but upon inquiry, it becomes evident that they had no involvement in the creation of such books.

Senator Sani expressed his opinion that the extent of this deficiency in knowledge acquisition can be fully understood by comparing the members of the Nigerian Parliament from the sixties to the present representatives in the National Assembly.

He emphasized the importance of breaking away from this habit and urged the younger generation not to emulate it. Instead, he encouraged the youth to distinguish themselves by surpassing their predecessors in knowledge and cultivating a reading culture that brings about transformative change in their minds.

“It is by reading books that you can add an intellectual weight to yourself,” the former legislator stressed.

While acknowledging the prevalent distractions of social media in today’s world, Senator Sani emphasized that even to meaningfully engage on various new media platforms, a significant amount of reading is necessary.

He encouraged young individuals to develop a reading culture from an early age, emphasizing that this practice would enable them to speak from a well-informed standpoint, setting them apart from their peers.

During his tenure as a lawmaker, Sani donated books to numerous libraries across the country. He urged the youth to look up to renowned figures such as Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie, Cyprian Ekwensi, and Ola Rotimi. These esteemed authors and their achievements have not only placed Nigeria but also Africa on the global stage, portraying a new and positive narrative about their country and the entire continent.

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