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Chat with Boluwatife Ishola on Nigeria, Class, and Human Rights

2022-12-09

Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/03/13

Scott Douglas Jacobsen: What is your background? What was family life for you growing up?

Boluwatife Ishola: I am from a polygamous home, a family of 15, am the seventh born of my dad.

Jacobsen: How is religion influential in Nigerian life?

Ishola: Religion is the major influencer of an average Nigeria is arguably the most religious country in the world. An average Nigeria Christian, for example, depends on his or her pastor for instruction on what to eat, drink and wear and sometimes who to marry.

Jacobsen: What are the crucial factors in building an early education about Nigerian society?

Ishola: I think the major factor in building an early education will be when the government or any international humanitarian organization invest heavily in education and are ready to train and employ competent staff as well as pay them a salary when due.

Even the religious organization influence the political class, religious and political leader are to blame for Nigeria woes and corrupt politicians who loot money and pay 10% as a tithe to their religious leaders.

I think the major factor in building an early education will be when the government or any international humanitarian organization invest heavily in education and are ready to train and employ competent staff as well as pay them a salary when due.

For example, Nigeria public universities have been on strike for 91 days. Because of the lack of salary. The government should build good schools and then finance them well.

Jacobsen: What are the ways in which class is a factor in one’s outcomes in life?

Ishola: I think class sometimes determine your outcome in life if your parent is from the upper class in Nigeria, things become easier for you, they will reserve the best position in government companies for you.

Jacobsen: What are the main human rights issues in Nigeria?

Ishola: The main human rights issue here. There is no freedom of expression here. Government lockup opposition voices. Human right is not right here. There are cases of rape, abduction. A rapist can move freely. Security of the lives of citizens are threatened every day

Jacobsen: How are these struggles core to the struggles of lower-class Nigerians and women and girls in particular?

Ishola: There are terrorist attacks. In the northeast and northwest part of Nigeria, the lower class and women are the helpless group in Nigeria. They are often the major sufferers of government’s bad policy.

Jacobsen: What makes education a class issue in Nigeria?

Ishola: If you are poor in Nigeria, you are despised.

Jacobsen: Who are the major players in Nigeria who are known to be corrupt and known to make life difficult for other Nigerians?

Ishola: The major player in Nigeria known to be corrupt are the political class there are recent cases of politician looting 1 billion dollars. The major player in Nigeria known to be corrupt are the political class there are recent cases of politician looting 1 billion dollars.

Capitalist businesspeople too are corrupt. They exploit the masses through exorbitant profit

They also refuse to remit taxes. Another corrupt group is Nigeria Pentecostal church leaders.

Jacobsen: Thank you for the opportunity and your time, Boluwatife.

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