Nigeria’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, who has just been named among the world’s top 50 influential persons, paid a condolence visit on Tuesday to the Awolowo family. His visit followed the death of the Awolowo matriarch, Hannah Awolowo.
Dangote who was accompanied by another business mogul, Femi Otedola, spoke to journalists afterwards. One of the questions he was asked was whether he has interests in actively joining politics.
Dangote said that the set of skills required to become successful in business differed from those of politics.
“I can’t be in politics because they say when you want to clap you need two hands.
“If all of us in business go into politics then who is going to create the jobs?
“We are in the private sector so we should be creating jobs. Government should be creating good policies and also ensuring that we are not taking advantage of the poor.
“They are doing what they know how to do best and we are also doing what we know how to do best. Each is a master in its own terrain,” Mr. Dangote said.