Peter Obi Talks Tough, Describes Plans to Move Nigeria Forward, End Oil Subsidy.
Mr. Obi spoke on Thursday at an event in Abuja with optimism about winning the 2023 elections while rekindling hope among his teeming supporters about how the OBIDATTI2023 team would create jobs, end insecurity and provide great leadership as a departure from what he called bad leadership of the past.
He also took a swipe at the oil subsidy regime, referring to it as criminality that must be brought to an end. He decried what he described as the “staggering level of corruption” and wailed over the lingering ASUU strike, poor healthcare system, and Nigeria’s energy crisis.
Mr. Obi sounded a note of caution to those who stand neutral while the nation burns, especially among the elite while referencing the age-old US forecast that Nigeria would break up. Read his statement below;
“From where I stand, I dare to proclaim that Nigeria’s Democracy Must Survive!
“The new alliance that we seek is between Nigerian Youths, the Labour Party, which represent Nigerian workers, and Like Minds.
“Collectively, it is an alliance of the #OBIdients!
“Going forward, we must look for ways to move Nigeria beyond oil. We must end this criminality called oil subsidy. Nigeria today is vastly polarised and wrecked by divisions that run deep along religious, ethnic, and regional lines.
“There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have remained closed for over five months. While our healthcare system remains comatose, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.
“After we win the 2023 elections, we intend to use the instruments of job creation and regenerative investments to drastically reduce the high incidence of insecurity and poverty, while moving the economy from the consumptive to the productive mode.
“Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge we face beyond bad leadership is lack of elite consensus. But, let us not forget Dante Alighieri‘s admonition, that “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”
“History must serve as a tool in our decision making. The implosion of Nigeria has long been forecasted. Year 2023 could be a tipping point in the annals of our history. But that must not happen, even as the options before the electorate seem stark.
“Finally, Our structure is everyone seated in this hall today! Yes, we have structure, and we are ready to move mountains to save Nigeria.”