Peter Obi, Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the February 23, 2019 election, has traced the many crises rocking the nation today, to political leaders, who out of selfishness, have refused to use public funds for public good.
Obi, who was speaking over the weekend at the third Session of the fifth Synod of Ogbaru Diocese, Anglican Communion held at St James Anglican Church, Iyiowa-Odekpe, bemoaned the situation, which has resulted in massive insecurity.
The former Governor of Anambra State, explained that the political leaders and elites were the major causes of the problems Nigerians face, adding that their desire for self aggrandisement and lack of commitment to the progress of the nation had continued to rear many ugly crises in the country.
Stating that most of the challenges faced in the country have economic undertone, Obi argued that if the leaders had sincerely invested in the key areas of national development, especially in the support of small businesses and jobs creation, Nigeria would have been a better and safer place today.
“You cannot have an army of world’s poorest people and expect to go in and sleep peacefully at night. Millions of idle people in Nigeria do not know where their next meal will come from, because they are unemployed. We have, today, over 15 million out of school children roaming the streets. Each of these are a ready instrument of crisis in a nation. The political leaders have failed to do the right thing. That is why we have all sorts of crime and uprising in different parts of the country”, Obi explained.
Obi lamented that there might be no end in sight to all the crises and uprising rearing their ugly heads in the nation, except the leaders shunned corruption and looting of public treasury and learnt to sincerely use public funds for the good of society.
He called on Nigerians to continue to pray for God’s intervention on the affairs of the nation, that God may touch the hearts of the leaders to have the interest of the people at heart.
Appreciating Obi for his gracious presence at the Synod, generous support to the church and unyielding commitment to a better society, the Bishop of Ogbaru Diocese, Anglican Communion, The Rt Rev’d Prosper A. Amah, prayed God to bless Obi and take him to higher levels where he will touch more lives.
Obi was accompanied by the Former Commissioner for Budgeting and Economic Planning, Anambra State, Prof Stella Chinyere Okunna and the Former Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Anambra State, Dr Patrick Nky Obi.
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