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According to Mr. Peter Obi, a candidate running on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) platform, Nigerians should elect a president who is capable, competent, and willing to make sacrifices for the country’s survival.
It was part of the consultations he has been conducting with delegates of the party at national level ahead of the May 2022 elections of PDP Presidential aspirants in the context of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria.
In his words:
“What we are witnessing in Nigeria today is the cumulative effect of leadership failure over the years, and it is going to go round. We have more people living in poverty than any other country in the world.”
“I am here to discuss the future of our country and where our children will live. We now live in a country where you wake up everyday with sad news.”
“You might think it is not happening in Benin, some of us think it is not happening in Lagos, in Enugu or Awka but I can assure you that unless we do something about it, it will happen in those places.”
“We have the highest unemployment rate today, comprising young persons in their productive age. Our universities are closed down and nobody cares. Everyday, we are faced with multiple problems; health, insecurity, and education. Everything is collapsing.”
“Our country owes so much money that we cannot pay. Our debt today is about $135billion, about 35 percent of our GDP. Cumulative debt is about N55 trillion. We now borrow money to service debts. Nigeria is borrowing more currently. It is a crisis situation, and this money we are borrowing is consumption not for production.”
“Nigeria is not productive. It is not about electing somebody from South, North, it is for equity. We want somebody who has proven track records and capacity.
The problem of Nigeria is that we have people who do not know how to create wealth. We do not want wealth sharers anymore; there is nothing to share again, it is finished. We are now sharing the future of our children.”
We want to create a future for our children. When you want to vote, whether as delegates or electorate, please consider the future of your children. Today, Nigerians spend more than 100 percent of their income on feeding. Buying foodstuffs has become a problem talk less of looking after your children.”
In his remarks, Obi stated that the leaders of Nigeria need to provide a better future for the children and grandchildren of the country. The fact that Nigerians now spend over 100 percent of their income on food, a record, and purchasing food has become a challenge, not to mention caring for one’s children.