- Peter Obi has reacted to the decision of the FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike to spend N15 billion on a new residence for Kashim Shettima
- Obi said the decision is shocking because many Nigerians don't know where their next meal will come from
- According to Obi, 99.9% of Nigerians can only dream of living in the current residence of the Vice President
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FCT, Abuja - The presidential candidate of the Labour Party(LP) Peter Obi, has lambasted the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Nyesom Wike, for planning to spend N15 billion on a new residence for the vice president, Kashim Shettima.
Obi said it is shocking and disheartening that Wike wants to spend such an amount of money on Shettima’s residence considering the many important challenges facing the country.
He stated this via his X page (formerly known as Twitter) @PeterObi, on Monday, December 4.
The former Anambra state governor said Shettima has a residence because N2.5 billion was included for the renovation of his residence in the Supplementary Budget.
Obi added that N3 billion was also allocated for the renovation of Shettima’s residence in Lagos, making it a total of N20.5b for the housing of the Vice President.
He said 99.9% of Nigerians can only dream of living in the current residence of the Vice President
The LP presidential candidate said the decision is shocking as Nigeria is not just the world’s poverty capital, but many Nigerians don't know where their next meal will come from.
He said more people are falling into poverty the nation’s health facilities have collapsed, and unemployment is skyrocketing.
FCT minister Wike proposes N15bn for VP’s new residence
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Wike proposed N15 billion to construct a new residence for the vice president in the nation’s capital, Abuja.
He said the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the construction in 2010 for N7 billion but the project was abandoned.
The minister explained that the project was conceived to give the VP “a befitting residence”.
Peter Obi speaks out against Lagos demolition, others
Obi said he is unhappy with the ongoing demolition of properties across Nigeria.
In a post on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle on Thursday, November 30, Obi said the country is already hard and the government should not compound the woes of the people.
According to him, “what a responsive government should be doing under the current harsh economic conditions in the country is to come up with measures aimed at alleviating the people's hardships".