Nigerian singer cum politician, Banky W has opened up on why he joined politics.
He said the one reason he decided to go into politics, is so he can change the system that is not working.
Banky W disclosed this in an interview on Arise TV’s The Morning Show on Wednesday.
The singer, who is vying for the House of Representatives seat for Eti-Osa Federal Constituency, Lagos state, said, “We must engage with the system from where it is and fight for what we stand for and what we want to happen,” he said.
He continued, “We need more people to participate in politics. I have participated in peaceful protests just like anybody that I know among my peers.
“But the goal of activism and advocacy is improvement and if you haven’t seen the impact you seek, then that activism is not enough.
“So, for me, the message started changing from just raising awareness via activism and advocacy to saying we have to start moving from protests to politics.
“We have to start taking these energies and channeling them toward getting like-minds into the government and using that consensus of like-minds to get a change and that is where my mindset started changing and in 2018 I started feeling like the problem in Nigeria is top-down and the solution is from the bottom up.
“So we need to start focusing on the National Assembly, the Senate and House of Representatives, and the States House of Assembly. So, when I ask young people about their representatives, most of them don’t know who is running for office in their constituencies.
“And I started thinking that if with my education, success, background, audience, following, and voice and I can’t stick my neck out that I can be a part of this system and can bring a solution to the table, who am I waiting for to get involved in the system?
“So, in 2018, I prayed about it and I informed my wife and what she told me was that ‘you know politics in Nigeria is dirty and I know your heart and I know the system is what it is and I don’t want anything that will soil your hands and I told her that the truth of the matter is politics will always be dirty and dangerous until good people start to be intentional about putting like-minds in the system.”
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