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Peter Obi Blames Agitations On Poverty, Hunger |The Republican News

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              Former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi

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A former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, has identified poverty and hunger as main causes of agitations by ethnic groups in Nigeria.

Obi said this in Calabar during the 7th lecture organised by the Bridge Leadership Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded by a former governor of Cross River State, Senator Liyel Imoke.

The foundation was established in 2011 by Imoke to inculcate entrepreneurial skills in young citizens.

The theme for the 2017 edition was ‘Made in Nigeria: Local production, global market.’

Obi, who spoke on the topic, ‘Leadership and Integrity,’ said that some of the agitations across the country had gone beyond control because Nigeria lacked visionary leaders.

He cited Boko Haram in the North-East, militancy in the Niger-Delta, the Independent People of Biafra in the South-East and farmers/herdsmen clash as some of the challenges facing the country today.

Obi said, “Nigeria has the resources and potentials of becoming the greatest country in the world; but, the country lacks visionary leaders.

“Today, we have different forms of agitations in Nigeria because the people are poor and hungry. The leaders have lost touch with the led.”

He commended Imoke for sustaining the foundation for seven years, adding that capacity building for youths was one of the ways of curbing youth unemployment in the country.

Earlier, Imoke said the objective of the foundation was to groom and encourage youths to take the leadership role and have the basic knowledge of becoming entrepreneurs.

“The foundation provides a valuable platform for young people to be inspired by the success stories of youths in Africa, particularly in Nigeria, who are scaling the hurdles and challenges of growing up,” he said. (Punchng.com)

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The Purpose Of Wristwatch Is to Keep Time, I’ve Had Only One In 17yrs – Peter Obi

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Former Governor Of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi

A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has said that he has only one wristwatch, which he has worn for 17 years, alongside two pairs of black shoes, which he travelled in with most times.
 
Speaking at The Platform, the flagship programme of Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos, Obi said when the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) searched his house at Osborne, Ikoyi, Lagos, they found nothing.
 
He said the anti-corruption agency said he does not leave there because they could not find wristwatches, jewellery and other exotic materials.
 
Speaking of the Ikoyi cash, Obi said: “Let me tell you what is worrisome; well we don’t know, they are still dealing with who owns the money or who doesn’t own the money, but that will one day be clarified”.
 
“Let me tell you where I am even worried. Why would anybody put it in such a circumstance, what if it caught fire? If that money was put in our banking system, whoever kept it would have earned eight percent per annum so he would have earned about $7 million by now.
 
“$7 million is about N2.8 billion today. That is the amount I spent for all secondary schools in Anambra in a year. If he decided to be generous and give it to graduates, they would have shared it to 2,800 graduates, out of which 2,000 would have been successful.
 
“I live there, but having been governor of Anambra for eight years, I cannot live outside Anambra. The only place I have a house officially built is Onitsha if you see any house in Lagos, Abuja or anywhere else belonging to Peter Obi, confiscate it. I leave that place for my wife and children.”
 
On the search of his Ikoyi home, Obi said nothing was found except his wife’s cloth and shoes, adding that he has only one wristwatch, which he has used for 17 years.
 
“Ask those who searched it. I was abroad, they said they wanted to search my house, I sent the key, and they searched my whole apartment and I can tell you the only thing they found.
 
“They said this man doesn’t live here. It was only his wife’s clothes and shoes that we saw, we didn’t see anything belonging to him.
 
“I have said it to Nigerians, Peter Obi wears only black shoes, and I have two pairs of it, and I travel with it. The purpose of the shoe is to protect the leg from being hurt. Nothing else. I bought this from Marks and Spencer, $49.99, finish.
 
“They said ‘we didn’t even see watch’, and I have said it to everyone, this is the only watch I have, I have worn it for 17 years. The purpose of a watch is to keep time. Why would I keep a watch at home? Whose time is it keeping?”

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2017: Peter Obi Predicts Nigeria’s Economy

 

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has opined that Nigeria’s economy may not improve in 2017 because the current government is not paying the required attention that will change the situation.

Featuring in an interview programme on CNBC Africa, the former governor likened Nigeria to a knocked Vehicle, stressing that rather than change its driver, attention should be on fixing the engine.

He said, “For me, I dont think (the economy will be better in 2017) because I have not seen the attention that is required for the situation we find ourselves.

“Where we are now is like having a car with which has an engine knock, and we are still busy talking about changing the driver. There is no engine in place; even if you bring in the best driver in the world, he is not going to move the car.

“We need to talk about how do we fix the engine of this vehicle, and that engine is the economy. Until we fix it, then we can talk about the driver, whether there is a good driver or bad driver.”

The former governor called on the political class to bury their different ideologies and come together with the aim of charting the way forward for the Nigerian economy.

“Considering where we are, we need to have in all these sectors, crisis manager to deal with the situation, We need to pull everybody together, it’s no longer a party matter, it is no longer a political matter, it is a survival matter.

“It’s not time to trade blames; it’s not time to dwell in yesterday. If you look at our headlines in our newspapers, the quality of discourse is low, we are still chasing shadows,” Obi said. (TheNigerian.ng)

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Recession Won’t End Soon, Says Obi |The Republican News

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A former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, on Tuesday, said the economic recession in the country would last longer than expected.

He stated this at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, while inaugurating a building donated to the radio station of the Department of Mass Communication, NAU, by the institution’s Dean of Social Sciences, Prof. Chinyere Okunna.

Obi said, “I laugh when I hear people say the recession will soon end. This is not true. A critical analysis of the 2017 budget will show you that the recession will not end soon.”

The governor said it was foolhardy for anybody to think that the recession would end soon.

“But there is hope. The hope is for us to change our spending system. Government should cut down the cost of running government.

“If you see any government spending extravagantly, you shout and nothing will happen to you because it is your money that is being spent. That is one of the ways to tackle this recession,” Obi stated.

The former governor described Okunna as a very hardworking academic who had contributed greatly in the training of professionals in the field of mass communication.

He said Okunna, who was a commissioner during his (Obi’s) eight-year tenure as governor of the state, demonstrated great managerial ability.

Speaking, Okunna said she donated the building to support the institution that had become a part of her.

She said, “I came into this university over 20 years ago and as we are winding down our stay here, I felt that I should leave a legacy here.

“We could not have done this without the support of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Joseph Ahaneku, and the members of the management of the university, who gave us the necessary support.” (Punchng.com)

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