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Nigeria poverty capital of the world, needs solutions, not comparisons, Obi tells Tinubu

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You need to work together, Peter Obi tells South East governors

Mr. Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has told President Bola Tinubu that what Nigerians need from him is to provide solutions to the country’s challenges, and not comparisons with other countries.

Obi, a former governor of Anambra State, was responding to Tinubu’s recent comment downplaying Nigeria’s struggles by comparing them to other countries.

While receiving a delegation from the National Assembly who came to felicitate with him on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir Monday, Tinubu had said that Nigeria is not the only nation in the world grappling with poverty.

The president who spoke in Lagos said, “Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges.”

Reacting to the statement on X.com on Friday, Obi called on Nigeria’s leaders to move beyond acknowledging the country’s numerous challenges and instead offer concrete solutions to address them.

He decried that Nigeria is plagued by poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor education, high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, and a wide income gap between the rich and the poor.

He expressed disappointment that instead of providing a clear plan to tackle these issues, those in leadership positions often downplay the situation by comparing Nigeria’s struggles to those of other countries.

He said, “The problems facing Nigeria are well-known to all Nigerians. We are the poverty capital of the world, among the most insecure people on earth, among the hungriest, have poor education quality and the highest number of out-of-school children, high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, the highest income gap between the poor and the rich, high corruption perception index, infrastructure and healthcare challenges, and more.

“It is disheartening to hear those in charge, who were hired to address our problems, make statements like “we are not the only ones struggling with poverty and hunger.”

Obi stressed that a true leader provides direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis, citing the example of a pilot who not only announces turbulence but also assures passengers of their safety.

He said, “Instead of merely acknowledging that other countries face similar challenges, we need to hear a thorough plan of action to tackle our unique struggles.

“We require concrete solutions and a clear vision to address these issues, not comparisons that downplay our circumstances. I urge those in leadership positions to offer tangible solutions, not mere reminders that others face similar challenges.

Obi urged leaders to offer tangible solutions, not mere reminders that others face similar challenges.

He called for a clear vision and a roadmap to overcome obstacles, emphasizing that this is the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations making progress.

“We need a comprehensive approach to tackle our specific challenges, not generalizations that dismiss our experiences. A true leader provides direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis.

“This is the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations that are making progress and advancing their development. They don’t simply state the obvious but offer a roadmap for overcoming obstacles.

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“Just like a pilot, who doesn’t just announce turbulence; they assure passengers that they will do everything possible to ensure a safe journey.

“Only then can we begin to trust that our country is in capable hands, working towards a brighter future for all Nigerians.”

 

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