Former presidential candidate, Oby Ezekwesili, has blamed the economy for the beggarly attitude of gatemen and security personnel in public places, Igbere TV reports.
“Pretty sure that one is not the only Nigerian extremely alarmed and crying about the dehumanizing effect of the economy on some of our people. When mobbed by gatemen, security personnel and their other colleagues whose Good Morning is Give Me Money , I feel very sad for us all.
“The rate at which this culture of begging by gatemen and security personnel has become the ‘creative supplement’ to their income is a proxy for what’s going on with the rest of society. It sure cannot be easy to throw away your dignity & devote most of your time @ work begging,” she said.
The former education minister said the beggarly acts were indicators of ‘economic depression’, urging political leaders to fix the economy.
“The indicators of economic depression are all over for the thoughtful and intuition political leaders to see. Those gatemen and security personnel operating Beggars Units across the land are a sample of many more others that we don’t see. This country is in CRISES. Fix it,” Ezekwesili said.