A politician told me to join cult to get power and position – Taribo West

Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has opened up in a new interview with Tana Aiyejina on how a politician once asked him to swear allegiance to a cult in order to get power and position in the country.

Taribo was asked if he believes the reason why sportsmen and women are excluded from sports administration is because they lack educational qualifications.

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A politician told me to join cult to get power and position


He said:

That’s total rubbish; nonsense. How educated are those in FIFA? In Nigeria, is it every politician that went to school? Some can’t even write their names. But it’s only in my country that those in positions use demonic criteria to keep people away.

In other countries, if you are competent for the job, they will give it to you. We’ve got lots of ex-footballers who are graduates, lawyers, doctorate degree holders these days. Where are they? Some are doing very well in their various fields.

I have been involved in the political system and things like this discouraged me from it. If it means I have to be a cultist to get a position, I’m not ready for that.

I’ll prefer to drink my garri at home and be free with God. At the time I was in politics, a running mate to a governorship aspirant in my state (Rivers), brought me money and told me to join their cult.

He told me if I wanted power, they would give me position, and that if I wanted money, I would be given. But he insisted that I must be involved in their cultism activities. So, I disassociated myself from them.

From that day, I made up my mind that I will drink my garri, rather than become a cultist. Like I said earlier, I’ve met politicians who can’t speak good English but because they have godfathers and belong to various cults, they’ve been empowered. It’s total rubbish. I’m not afraid to say what needs to be said.

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  1. What you are saying is right..in Nigeria you must belong before they give you power…that is why we are like this

  2. My dear sir, don’t listen to him, just pray to God to help you. Also thank God you didn’t pay him attention to that ungodly idea.

  3. God bless you real big. Allow them.time eill definitely tell.God will surely give “his own” rest after they might suffered for a while…the bible backs that.
    May God give the grace to run the racr till the finish line

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