A renowned political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, on Thursday, said less than 60 persons had been determining Nigeria’s fortunes for the past 51 years, noting that elections into public offices were merely ceremonial.

Utomi described the few power brokers as the “club of capture” and attributed Nigeria’s woes to them.

He spoke in Lagos during a public lecture organised by the Evangelical Christian Union Alumni Fellowship.

The lecture was held to raise awareness on the need to elect people of integrity ahead of the 2019 general elections.

“Today’s politicians are mentally ill-equipped. The late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was surrounded by intellectuals and professors. These days, the opposite is the case. Pimps accompany our politicians. This ‘class of capture’ has inflicted an anti-intellectual culture on the country,” he said.