By Chioma Ndife
The Vice-Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 Election, Mr. Peter Obi, has described the past year, 2021, as difficult for Nigerians in all ramifications.
Answering questions from the press Tuesday at Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, on what was needed for Nigeria to move on in the new year, Obi said that from the benefit of hindsight, the most serious problem militating against the progress of the country was the issue of insecurity and that for the country to move on, the security of life and property should be a priority.
In Obi’s words: ‘Security of life and property must be a priority for the country to move forward. With security, investments will flow into the country and citizens will also have the confidence to invest in the country. Until the people are secure, they will not think of other meaningful things to do.’
For the country to move on, especially now that election is approaching, Obi said that Nigerians must resolve to choose good leaders for the country. ‘I am talking of leaders with verifiable antecedents and whose character and disposition are beyond reproach,’ he said.
Speaking further, Obi said he watched the Arise TV Programme of New Year’s Day and was struck by two critical things Gov El-Rufai of Kaduna State said about Nigeria, namely: the need to restore security and the need to ensure that competent persons were elected.
‘It was truthful of El-Rufai to have admitted that if security was guaranteed, that Kaduna State would have done better than she is doing presently. He did also mention that Nigeria was in a critical juncture that needed good leadership to salvage her,’ Obi said.
Concluding, Obi commended President Mohammandu Buhari’s recent visit to the North, especially to Borno State, amidst the ISWAP bombing. He said that such visits always boosted the morale of soldiers and reassured the people of his commitment to security.