Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, has criticized Nigeria ruling leaders, calling them “the worst leading.”
“This is the only country in the world where the worst is in charge.” I started off as a trader before moving into politics. Mr. Obi declared during a seminar conducted by the Revival House of International Church (RHOGIC) in Abuja on Sunday that “you are ill when you consume much more than you need.” “Things are going to change if we have young people with the competence and capacity to be there.”
Mr. Obi had spoken about the looting spree recorded under President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while unsuccessfully contesting to be ruling APC presidential candidate, had vowed to continue with his principal’s legacy.
Last October, The Economist said Nigeria under Mr. Buhari had become a crime scene of destructive magnitude in Africa.
“When violence erupts, the government does nothing or cracks heads almost indiscriminately,” the paper said. It also lamented how Mr. Buhari worsened the country’s economy, plunging millions into poverty.
“Economic troubles are compounded by a government that is inept and heavy-handed,” the paper said in its October 23 issue.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) recently arrested the accountant general of the federation, Ahmed Idris, for looting N80 billion.
“How do you explain that one person took N80 billion? It is not greed; it is sickness,” said Mr Obi. “When you take N1 billion, that is greed, but when you take N80 billion, that is sickness. Mad people have taken over our politics.”
The former Anambra governor urged Nigerians to take charge of the county from political leaders he described as lunatics.
“We can’t allow this gangsterism to continue. Nigerians should take back their country. Seventy per cent of those who are in politics today should not have any reason to be there. I have said it, politics in Nigeria is a case where lunatics have taken over the asylum,” Mr Obi said.