I'M NOT DESPERATE TO BE PRESIDENT, I'M DESPERATE TO SEE NIGERIA WORK - PETER OBI
Nigeria and Nigerians today have been thrown into poverty than any other country in the world coupled with a high rate of unemployment which is largely due to leadership failure.
Nigeria is only into consumption and sharing with no tangible investment into the future. We have all it takes to be a great country and that is why am assuring you today that if I get elected as President, I will take Nigeria from a consuming country to a producing country.
We are consuming our future in Nigeria, for every 1k borrowed, 90k is used to service it and Nigeria as of today is owing 58 trillion Naira and that is the more reason we must go back to production, invest in youths to be productive.
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The more educated the people, the better it on the economy, which in the long run helps our development as a nation. You don’t do physical infrastructure before human infrastructure. Human capital is too low in Nigeria.
You need to pull people, people, out of poverty. That’s what the Asian countries did. India pulled 250 million people out of poverty in 5 years.
What people are acquiring now is no longer greed. It’s become a sickness. People are sick here. People have to reduce their greed. People are acquiring what they don’t need. 80 billion nairas is a budget of a state. That’s no longer greed, it’s sickness.
One of the main reasons why Nigeria is not progressing economically is that people think our problem can be solved by politics. The engine of solving this problem is the economy. The economy must work. The engine of productivity is the young people.
The reason why it’s worse now is that we young people in their productive age doing nothing at the time the system is supposed to support them; at the time they have all the energy. The greatest employer of labour is the Micro Small Enterprises. That’s where the dominant young people are. They need to be supported with ideas and grants. They need to be properly directed. Government need s to give them hope.
Nigeria and Nigerians today have been thrown into poverty than any other country in the world coupled with a high rate of unemployment which is largely due to leadership failure.”
“Nigeria is only into consumption and sharing with no tangible investment into the future. We have all it takes to be a great country and that is why am assuring you today that if I get elected as President, I will take Nigeria from a consuming country to a producing country.”
“I will also provide natural security by pulling people out of poverty, secure local and state governments and provide the needed environment because if Nigeria is a producing country, we won’t be where we are now.”
“We are consuming our future in Nigeria, for every 1k borrowed, 90k is used to service it and Nigeria as of today is owing 58 trillion Naira and that is the more reason we must go back to production, invest in youths to be productive.”
“The future of our children is in danger if we continue to do things the old way, Nigeria is collapsing and your votes can change the narrative, let’s join hands to build a better future.
Nigeria is a nation of over 200 million people with about 100 million living in poverty, over 18 million out of school children out of which about 10 million are girls. We have 35 per cent unemployment rate and if we add underemployment it will rise to over 50 per cent, many of which are youths in their productive age, so we cannot be celebrating.
The consequence of borrowing for consumption today is that Nigeria is spending over 90 per cent of its revenue to service debts without much production to show for it.
Exporting crude oil has not saved Venezuela or any country, we need to invest in our massive land mass and grow our economy like other nations such as Singapore, Vietnam and even Morocco has done with tourism.
We will invest in education. The more educated your country is, the better your development. We will invest in Health. And most importantly we must put money to bring people out of poverty. The more you put people out of poverty, the more you reduce criminality.
We have wonderful young people. So we want to make this place to be a sporting destination because we have talents in Sports that we can develop by making sure we develop all levels of sports. That is what we want to do.
I will sit down with ASUU, and tell them how we can create a new source of revenue for Universities. We cannot play with Education.
I have told the Federal government of Nigeria please pay all outstanding gratuities, pensions, and agreements and negotiate the ones for the future.
We cannot continue to allow people to make money without contributing anything. Sharing is finished, we are now talking about creating. Consuming is finished, we are now talking about production. So that is the new Nigeria we want to create, we want to build a great country.
I thank my brothers and sisters who are also aspiring. I want us to do it in unity and ensure that one of us emerges and is supported by all of us,” he said.
“Everyone has talked about injustice in Nigeria and everybody knows that this country thrives on injustice. But beyond that, I want us to look at the true description of a failed state — when a system is no longer in control of its territory, or economy. Is Nigeria in control of its territory and economy? And the reason is simple
When Pa Adebanjo was talking about Nigeria when it was good, he talked about how the west kept cocoa money, the east kept palm oil money and the north kept money for groundnut. That was when Nigeria was producing. Today, what Nigeria is doing is sharing, sharing, sharing. All I want to do is stop the sharing and start production.
“Development is hinged on the human development index (HDI). Let’s invest in education; let’s pull people out of poverty — with 100 million people living in poverty, you’ll have a crisis and that’s the crisis we face today.
“I’m a wealth creator and I know what it means to create wealth. I’ve traveled to 31 countries of the world and know that you cannot have 55 percent unemployment, with 70 percent of your youths not knowing where the next meal will come from and you think you’ll have peace. No.
“We need to invest in youths. That’s what’s happening in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and everywhere. I want to invest in youths. The opportunity is for me to move the country from consumption to production.