Presidential Debate: “This Is Real Cause of Poverty in Nigeria”, Peter Obi

Presidential Debate: “This Is Real Cause of Poverty in Nigeria”, Peter Obi

  • Peter Obi, the flagbearer of the Labour Party, says state governors should not be blamed for the country's high poverty rate
  • While speaking at the Arise TV town hall meeting, Obi said that insecurity is the main cause of poverty in Nigeria
  • According to him, it is the federal government's responsibility to clamp down on insecurity and not the state government

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has come in defence of state governors following allegations that they are the cause of poverty.

Speaking at the Arise TV town hall meeting on Sunday, December 4, Obi said the cause of poverty is insecurity, not state governors.

Peter Obi, Poverty, FG
Peter Obi says the federal government has a huge role to play in clamping down on insecurity noting that it is the major cause of poverty. Photo: Peter Obi
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He said the federal government has a massive role in clamping down on insecurity in Nigeria, as he noted that the federal government controls the security agencies.

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Obi said:

“Governments at sub-national levels are not causing poverty. No, it is the responsibility of the federal government to address it.
“Security lies in the hands of the federal government. The major cause of poverty is insecurity which lies in the hands of the federal government.”

As reported by the Leadership newspaper, he also revealed that the current state of insecurity had caused a low influx of investors while noting that an enabling environment will attract investors.

Obi said:

“If you have an enabling environment for people and investors to come, poverty will be reduced.”

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The Labour Party presidential candidate disclosed this and other strategic policies in his party manifesto.

Obi stated that there would be a lot of restructuring in Nigeria's power sector's transmission, generation, and distribution stages.

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The former governor of Anambra state also said nobody was funding his campaigns, adding that he is funding himself.

Meanwhile, the NNPP presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has also ruled out the possibility of forming a merger with the LP ahead of 2023.


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