The Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi has said that the problem of this country is not religion or ethnicity, but the failure of leadership which he will correct if elected as President.
Mr. Peter Obi was speaking Friday night during a virtual meeting with his global Support Groups.
Answering a question from a convener of one of support groups that is based in Northern Nigeria, Obi said that all Nigerians, whether Muslim or Christian are facing the same problems.
“There is nowhere in Nigeria where a Muslim buys cheaper bread because he is a Muslim or a Christian. Our economic problems arising from poor leadership does not discriminate on basis of religion or tribe. There is no separate electricity for a Christian or Muslim, everyone is suffering the same thing”, he said.
While encouraging all his supporters across the world to continue in their efforts to reclaim the country, the LP candidate said we can’t continue repeating the same method we have been using that is not working.
“I have said it repeatedly, don’t vote for me because of where I come from. Vote for me because of what am offering. I am the most qualified in this presidential race not because of where I come from but because of what I am coming with, what I can offer.
“My antecedents, my qualifications, I have been tested with power and I left a mark, the only governor in Nigerian history who finished eight years left money, built infrastructure, owed no contractor or salary or pension. I have been to the best schools in the world, acquired enormous knowledge for leadership challenges. I am a businessman and in it I left records”, Obi added.
Explaining why his focus will be in the North as president, Obi said northern Nigeria is endowed with enormous potentials that needed to be tapped and harnessed. “With what I have in mind for the north, the region will forever remain grateful because I am going to change the region. We need to cultivate arable land there”, Obi said.
Obi regretted that Nigeria is the poverty capital of the world and the North contributes the larger percentage of poor Nigerians despite its sons being in power for 47 out of 62 years of our nationhood.
“What that means is that who is in power whether your tribesman or your religion is not the solution but the capacity and competence of the person.
“Very distinguished and respected Nigerians from the North have ruled this country but if you go to Nigeria today, the ten poorest states are from the region, the region has the most unemployed youth, out of school children and the worst school kidnapping record globally”, he said.
The LP flag bearer noted that Nigeria is not the only country with diversity, but it depends on how it’s being handled, as he recalls that the Central Mosque in London worth millions of pounds in value was donated by the Queen of England who was not a Muslim and in Dubai, the huge Catholic Church there was built by the Emir of Dubai who is not a Christian.
“I have regularly said that the 2023 election must not be on anybody’s entitlements based on religion or tribe but on competence, character and what you did before, how did you handle public funds when it was placed in your custody”, he further said.
Obi also answered questions on other areas including his lectures abroad, meetings with Nigerians in diaspora and linkage with Nigerian students who are now back on campus.
“To Nigerian students, you will never regret being part of this movement, you can never regret being part of taking back of Nigeria I assure you”
35,854 Nigerians registered for the zoom meeting with support group.
Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Obi/Datti Campaign Manager told POSN Media that the meeting is part of the strategy to keep in touch with Obi’s numerous followers at home and in the diaspora, as well as get feedback from them on his policies and programs.
Photo: Mr. Peter Obi, Labour Party presidential candidate in 2023 presidential election.
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