- wonders why a governor who cannot pay salary for a year seeks re-election
- says most local government chairmen spends their money living at hotels
- calls on professionals to oust charlatans.
By Dickson Chukwuma
One of the problems Nigeria is facing is “recklessness”, says the Vice Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Peter Obi.
He said this on Friday during an interactive, one on one session with Nigerians in Lagos.
Obi said local government in Nigeria cannot account for any project despite the huge monthly allocation it receives from the federal government on a monthly basis.
He alleged that many local government chairmen spend the money living at hotels.
He said, “Recklessness of some NIGERIAN leaders is very much alarming”
“I don’t see a reason why a road traffic laws can apply to Mr A and not apply to Mr B because of perhaps the persons political position”.
“Do you know that on monthly basis Local Governments in Nigeria shares over 72 billions, there’s no LG that receives less than N100m monthly yet there are no projects to show for it”
Peter Obi, however, proffers solutions to the mediocre in governance. He said the only way the system can change is when Professionals and technocrats seize to leave Politics to charlatans. “The Professionals shouldn’t be sitting at the back, they should come out and retire the charlatans”.
On corruption, Mr Peter admitted that corruption is another evil eating deep into Nigeria. In his own words, “corruption kills hard work; it kills Professionalism and to deal with corruption one must first be bold enough to deal with all the toll gates”
The former governor of Anambra state, wondered why a certain Nigerian governor, who owes salary of about one year, is seeking re-election.
The PDP VP candidate described the refusal of government officials to resign from office in Nigeria as senseless and irresponsible, he however stated that he will not be part of failure, hence he would resign should the Atiku/Obi Presidency fail to work and perform optimally.