The Vice presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the last general elections, Mr. Peter Obi has encouraged Nigerians to seek happiness through a better, enriching way, by touching lives and supporting education in the country. Obi was speaking to students of St. Mary’s Prestigious College, Awka.
Obi who described education as the most unique endeavour, expressed sadness on seeing schools being neglected or not accorded pride of place in the scheme of development. He encouraged leaders to look inwards, reduce costs of governance and plough the extra money into education for the good of society.
Obi who presented computers, printers and a generator to power those gadgets, justified his call for support to education, saying that, education, by pushing back the frontiers of ignorance and barbarism, gave a people the opportunity to go beyond themselves and conquer the world.
He further said that the rate of poverty among nations were always proportional to their educational attainment.
Responding to Obi’s gesture, the Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, said that everybody in the state, even ants in the bush, were aware of Obi’s goodness and interest in the progress of the country through his fanaticism towards education.
He spoke through his representative and the Diocesan Education Secretary, Fr. Hilary Nwajagu.