Charles Omole an international legal scholar and consultant on Saturday said contrary to public perception, civil servants not politicians are biggest obstacles to Nigeria’s development.
Omole said this on Saturday during The Platform, a programme facilitated and hosted by the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Poju Oyemade.
He noted that civil servants play a huge role in bringing about change in the country and wield power even more than a Federal Minister.
“Many people in Nigeria feel the biggest problem we have is the politicians. What if I tell you that is not true? Do you know what the biggest problem we in Nigeria? The biggest challenge we have to change this country is in our civil service.
“Those who know how Civil Service works know that they can grind any system to a halt,” Omole said.
He lamented that many Civil servants are against innovation and modernisation.
“Many of them oppose modernisation. They oppose innovation. They like things being done manually. I wonder why? How many of you know that constitutionally, no Federal Minister in this country can sign a contract to give you job? How many of you understand that? It is the Permanent Secretary that do that.
“So how can a Minister steal without the Civil Service? In fact many times, it is the Civil Servants that teach the novice Minster how to do it,” he said.
The 2021 edition of The Platform is currently being held in Iganmu, Lagos, is themed ‘Is Devolution Of Powers The Solution To Nigeria’s Problem?’