Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, declared on Thursday that Nigeria must abolish its gasoline subsidies.
“Going forward, we must look for ways to move Nigeria beyond oil,” Mr Obi said in a series of tweets.
“We must end this criminality called ‘oil subsidy’.”
He said Nigeria is “vastly polarised and wrecked by divisions that run deep along religious, ethnic and regional lines.
“There is a staggering level of corruption. Our universities have remained closed for over five months. While our healthcare system remains comatose, power generation and distribution are also at an all-time low.”
I dare say that Nigeria’s democracy must endure from where I am!
The new coalition we’re aiming for comprises Like Minds, the Labour Party, which speaks for Nigerian workers, and Nigerian Youths. It is an alliance of the OBIdients as a whole!
Obi said he plans to create jobs and reduce insecurity and poverty if elected.
“After we win the 2023 elections, we intend to use the instruments of job creation and regenerative investments to drastically reduce the high incidence of insecurity and poverty while moving the economy from the consumptive to the productive mode,” he said.
“Undoubtedly, the greatest challenge we face beyond bad leadership is lack of elite consensus. But, let us not forget Dante Alighieri‘s admonition that ‘The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.’
“History must serve as a tool in our decision-making. The implosion of Nigeria has long been forecasted. The year 2023 could be a tipping point in the annals of our history. But that must not happen, even as the options before the electorate seem stark.”
The 2023 elections must be won, according to Obi, who also emphasised that Nigeria’s democracy must endure.
“The new alliance that we seek is between Nigerian Youths, the Labour Party, which represent Nigerian workers, and Like Minds,” he said. “Collectively, it is an alliance of the OBIdients!”