Nigeria's problem bigger than 2023 election, address it first, Peter Obi tells FG – Tribune Online

Former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has called on the federal government to suspend all political activities for now and focus on how to address the lingering fuel scarcity and other societal challenges confronting Nigerians at the moment.
He expressed fear that the electorates may not have the appetite to participate fully in the 2023 electoral process if the challenges are not addressed to minimize their suffering, particularly, the PMS and the continued ASUU strike saga.
Obi, the former Vice Presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP), in the 2019 general election, made the call on Friday, shortly after a warm reception in honour of the President, Afrikbank, Dr Benedick Okey Oramah, at the ongoing 15/16 Convocation ceremony of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, where Dr Oromah was honoured with a Doctorate degree.
According to him, Nigeria is in a far worse economic mess today because it failed to implement the right policies and not allow those who have the skills and God-fearing heart to govern.
He lists other challenges that may hinder the full participation of voters during the forthcoming elections including high transportation fare due to scarcity of fuel, kidnapping, unknown gunmen, ritual killings, ASUU strikes, lack of jobs for teeming youth and cultism.
He said in my observation as a true Democrat, I can tell you that several businesses are shutting down, especially as the fuel crisis worsens. Millions of Nigerians can no longer afford three square meals and there is a high rate of prostitution among young ladies.
Farmers are not free from the situation, with repeated threats from bandits, who have taken over most of the farm settlement, especially in the northern part of Nigeria.
It has been proved everywhere in the world that the more educated society, a country is, the better for development. There is only a way we can measure development and it is through Human Development Index (HDI), which is hidden in education. And if you check countries that have the same trajectory as Nigeria. For instance, in the year 2000, Bangladesh, Ghana, to mention but a few, have the same low Human Development Index (HDI) as Nigeria, but they have moved from low-medium while Nigeria remains in the same low position.
In the year 2010, Nigeria’s per capita was 2,250 dollars while Bangladesh’s is 780 per capital, because the country invest in education, pulling people out of poverty. Today, their per capita is 2,650, ours is 2,000, showing Nigeria’s economy has collapsed.
Obi, therefore, urged Nigerians to always vote for people with competent capacity with the fear of God.
Mr Benedict Okey Oramah, the President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), on his brief remark, said his major commitment at the moment is to assist the government of Nigeria to stabilise the economy and place the country on the path of growth.
Oramah, who was honoured with a Doctorate Degree in Development Economics, commends the management of Unizik for the honour.
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