Entitlement Politics cause of Nigeria’s underdevelopment -Peter Obi
Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has tasked Nigerians to deliberate on the choice of leaders they will elect in the forthcoming 2023 general elections, describing Nigeria’s current entitlement politics and politicians promoting religious and ethnic sentiments as the cause of the country’s underdevelopment.
Obi stated this yesterday in an interview with Zain Asher of Cable News Network(CNN), an American-based TV station.
What exactly did Obi say?
The Labour Party presidential hopeful said:
“That is what it was yesterday. And that is our problem because we have been able to elect people based on ethnicity, religion, ‘my turn’, connection, or one form of bias or the other, which has brought us to where we are – or structure, which I always say is a structure of criminality”
“Nigeria is not just in a physical mess; it is at the last stage of collapsing. The people in the north don’t have a secure place; they don’t have good roads; they don’t buy bread cheaper than people in the south. So also is it with people in the south.
“All you hear about ethnicity, religion, connection, ‘my turn’, is elite conspiracy to keep Nigeria underdeveloped. But now, we have reached the edge, we can no longer continue this way” he added.
What did he say he is bringing to the table?
Obi said his party is focused on changing the narrative about Nigeria’s politics to ensure that the next election is based on character, capacity, competence, and commitment to do the right thing.
Commenting on his economic plan for the country, if elected, Obi said he would tackle the rising insecurity in the country so as to enable economic and agricultural activities to go on unhindered.
He also added that the current security challenges can be dealt with by re-organizing the security architecture and ensuring multi-level policing which demands that the state police be adopted in the country.