By Jude Atupulazi
The Vice Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 elections, Mr Peter Obi, has congratulated the senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on the launch of his autobiography, ”Made in Aba”.
The book launch which was held at Musa Yar’Adua Centre Abuja, witnessed a congregation of high profile people from different walks of life.
Giving his opening remarks, Obi, who stated that he was at the ceremony on a dual capacity, said representing the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the last election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, and in his own capacity as the chairman of the occasion.
Said he, ‘I am even more honoured to chair this event because of the personality involved, His Excellency Distinguished Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe.’
Obi described Abaribe as a true legislator who exemplified what a legislator was globally: a lawmaker, a law preacher and a law defender.
Obi further described Abaribe as a courageous lawmaker who spoke out when there was injustice, falsehood and marginalization, as well as speaking truth to power, especially in a country where it was a grave offence to do so. He said he knew how it felt to be persecuted for speaking the truth.
‘I know this myself because I know what I go through when I speak out against the ills of government, especially the financial recklessness and political irresponsibility that have pervaded every part of our nation.
‘Even this morning, in a conference, I disagreed with a position by another presenter who quoted NBS, saying that the poverty line in Nigeria was estimated at N137, 430 per person per year; therefore those who earn more than that are considered sufficient.
‘We should however draw our own poverty line from the global standard of less than$1.90 per day, and also used other developing countries. By our official exchange rate, the global poverty line is about N900 per person per day, even though I peg it at N1000 and N30, 000 per person per month,’ Obi said.
Obi urged the government to implement measures that would combat the increasing poverty in the country, while calling on the leaders to speak out against the ills of society, especially against insecurity, banditry, increasing poverty and waste in governance.