The candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has urged the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to scrutinize he and his counterparts in the 2023 presidential race to see who is sincere with his promises.
This is as he reiterated his promise to take Nigerian from consumption to production.
He said this when he met with the leadership of CAN in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said, “We are 18 of us now applying for the job of the president; you the owners of the country have interviewed the rest of us and it is important to note that everybody’s story will be as sweet as the other one.
“You have to put your binoculars to check the sincerity and the truth and the one you can trust. It’s now who amongst these 18 you can trust, because there is no promise that has not been made by the people in the past. That promise has always been there.
“All I want to do is to move the country from consumption to production. It is not a productive country. My priority is to secure and unite the country, it’s the number one thing you need to do. I want to be given the opportunity to hire young energetic men and women and start solving these problems. I want to put our young people where we have so much energy and talent; I want to invest in them because they can change the world, that’s what I want.’’
Obi said that Nigeria has qualified to be characterised as a failed state, because the country is no longer in control of its territory and economy.
He asserted, “Nigeria has hit the two most critical things that qualified a country to a failed state. Number one: when you are no longer in control of your territory; we are no longer in control of our territory. Number two is when you are no longer in control of your economy. Nobody can tell you today how much they are going to sell a bag of rice tomorrow. No country can function like that. You saw the last report where we have 133 million people living in poverty, no country can have such a number of people living in poverty and won’t face the crisis we are facing.
“I assure you that I am committed to the charter, the only thing there is how do we implement it, the will to implement it, and I can tell you that we need to restructure, but even as bad as the present constitution is, there is a lot of guarantees in it and there is a lot things that you can implement that can make it work. It is not what is stopping us from production, that is not the problem of production. Over the years, we have had incompetent leadership.”