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Who Are The Most Powerful People In Nigeria?

I was having a debate with some freinds about the people who really have the most power in Nigeria. I quickly blurted out Politicians! But I was suprised with the number of answers I received. Some said religious leaders and others said businessmen and Traditional rulers.  Some even said academics!  So can you give your opinion on who the most powerful group in Nigeria is by putting the list below in the correct order

1.  Journalists      2.  Soldiers     3.  Religious leaders    4.  Academmics (i.e teachers, professors etc)    5.  Policemen    6.  Politicians

7.  Traditional rulers (e.g Obas, Sultan/Emirs, Ezes etc)    8.  Businessmen    9.  Millitants    10. Customs officers

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Lets hit it straight:

the dantatas

the abachas

the babangidas

the dangotes

the otedolas

the ubas

the obasanjos

the atikus

the igbinedions

the sarakis

the okoyas

the asaris

the danjumas

the atekes

the iboris

the tinubus

the adedibus

the folawiyos

the yaraduas

the buharis

the abiolas

the iwealas

the kupolokuns

the obasekis

the iyayis

abegy,dis guys don finish 9ja treasury,

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businessmen

politicians

military

traditional learders

academiacs

journalist

militants

police

ever othey person {the bulk in the society}

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These answers show why Nigeria is not developing! In the west Religious leaders are at the bottom of the pile and Businessmen are the most admired in society.  The Businessmen provide jobs, drive the economy and fund the politicians but in Nigeria all the businessmen can't even spell business! They are all connected to the politicians (if not politicians) and have no sense of ethics as a result no matter how rich they get they are not respected.

If the Archbishop of York came out and said "take to the streets and protest"! 95% of people in England would either laugh or ignore it.  But in Nigeria if a pastor says jump off a cliff they will all jump LOL. Religion is an absolute necessity to me but it should be private - in ones soul! No wonder why China bans any public display of religion, it they did not they would be in a pitiful state just like Nigeria.

Nigeria will not develop if this trend continues.

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1. Religious leaders

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[li]They have the power to gather, guide and direct the emotions and actions of millions of Nigerians every Sunday[/li]

[li]They have the ultimate backing of God himself[/li]

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2. Politicians

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[li]They have the power to gather, guide and direct the emotions and actions of millions of Nigerians every Election day[/li]

[li]They have the ultimate backing of God himself[/li]

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3. Journalists

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[li]They have the power to gather, guide and direct the emotions and actions of millions of Nigerians every day[/li]

[li]They have the ultimate backing of ruling Political class (Tinubu TV, Ibori, Odili, OGD newspapers[/li]

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4. Traditional rulers (e.g Obas, Sultans, Ezes etc)

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[li]They have the power to gather, guide and direct the emotions and actions of millions of Thugs every election rally[/li]

[li]They have the ultimate backing of the Nigeria Police Force [/li]

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4. Academmics (i.e teachers, professors etc)

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[li]They have the power to guide the thoughts and actions and character of every future leader[/li]

[li]They are too poor and broke to teach well[/li]

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5. Policemen

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[li]They have the power to arrest any situation [/li]

[li]They are too poor and broke to teach well[/li]

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6. Businessmen

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[li]They have the power to take advantage of the buying power of 135 million nigerians[/li]

[li]They make sure you pay the equivalent of $16 dollars for crap pizza (more expensive than anywhere else in the world[/li]

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7. Customs officers

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[li]They have the power to restore the balance of trade between nigerian and neighboring countries [/li]

[li]They are above the law, carry guns and can illegally ship banned cars and contraband into the country for a fee[/li]

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9. Millitants

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[li]They have the power to stop oil flow pipes and further deepen our prospects for alternatives to crude[/li]

[li]They have the (seasonal) backing of ex-governors to sustain their pipeline smashing spree[/li]

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IS LIKE WE ARE TAKING THE SILENCE OF THE SOMBIS (SOLDIERS) AS WEAKNESS,NO DOUBT THEY ARE THE POWER IN THIS COUNTRY AND LETS PRAY THAT THERE WONT BE REASONS FOR THEM TO DISPLAY COZ THEY TAKE ORDERS AND WONT ASK QUESTIONS.YES SIR IS YES SIR

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for me they are the political elites oooooo, they can do and undo

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kaduna mafia do not exist .

i am in the city of kd and i can tell u that authoritatively

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The power brokers, the king makers those are the most powerful people

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Anyone heard about the kaduna mafia or the northern oligarchy?

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The politicians and the militants of course

Obviously because they work hand in hand.

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Whoever is Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

So the answer can be either politicians or soldiers depending on the political dispensation.

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HE-OH! I pray we don't start another anti- religious leaders conversation on this post. Because before we know it, names will start being mentioned and people will start being debased. Anyway, U said most powerful GROUP so I'll have to sayyyyy JOURNALISTS. I'm of the belief that if journalists unite and take a stand on a particular topic, they can sway the minds of almost everybody. Eg, If everyday in the papers, on tv, over the radio we hear praises of Hitler, even with the bad things we've heard that he did, we just might be led to believe that he was a good man fighting for a good cause. U know how they say a pen is mightier than the sword, so u can imagine the strength of plenty pens (+voices)

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Did I hear you guys say Religious Leaders?  So not true.

Tell me, is it the religious leaders that determine who wins elections or re-runs?

Is it religious leaders that interact with other leaders from other countries to strike selfish, meaningless deals that affect only a few?

Is it our religious leaders that put the Niger Delta poor where they are, forcing them to turn violent?

Are they the ones that make policies in this country?

Make no mistake, anybody who is blaming our religious leaders for not having helped Nigeria is not being fair at all. They would help, but all that they can do is talk. Do u want them to take up arms or go on hunger strike, what else do u want them to do that they aren't doing already?

POLITICIANS are by far, the most powerful people in this country.

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So why oh why are religious leaders so powerful?

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The most powerful people in Nigeria today are the Religiuos Leaders. They wield so much power but they have not been able to use that power to effect changes in Nigeria. All the inept and corrupt Politicians we keep complaining about will quickly develop cold feet if they are summoned by their church or Islamic leaders. We know how many of our Governors went to the Redemption Camp during the Holy Ghost Festivals. Some of them hold on to the words of our various Arch Bishops and Bishops, Imams and Alfas, Shrine Priests and Babalawos as if their lives depend on it. Our religious leaders need to borrow a leaf from Martin Luther King Jnr, who despite being a Baptist Minister, fought for the rights of Blacks and other minorities in the USA. Cheers.

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Oprah is the most powerful man in Nigeria.

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So what about all this political violence by area boys?

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is there any actor/actress there? aren't they also popular (at least 1)

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That was a little typo error, its been corrected now.

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What do you think?Or are trying to pretend/

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hmm if all the 'Daddy' with their mega churches command all their followers to march to Abuja-that's enough for a revolution imo!

hows the sultan more powerful than the obas,Elders etec are you saying their are sitting ducks just collecting monthly pay?

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''Sultans!''

Does Nigeria (by which I mean islamic northern Nigeria) have more than one sultan?

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The bolded.i will come back later to give my reasons.

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