THE Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Gregory Obi, had assured Nigerians that fixing the economy of Nigeria is his top priority as well as that of his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, if elected president in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
The LP presidential candidate disclosed this on Monday in Abuja during a Kaftan TV programs which was anchored by Kadiara Ahmed, a renounced television journalist.
Obi calculated that if 130 million of Nigerians, who constitute the estimated 200 million are living in poverty, then, there is a possibility of these poor people causing a security threat to the country.
In his words: “When you have over 130 million people in poverty you are bound to have a crisis because when people don’t know when the next meal is coming from, they become a security risk.
“To deal with this, we need to deal with the issue of food. We need to look at how do we feed the country considering that the greatest physical asset we have in this country is the uncultivated land in the North.”
When asked about the deficit in budget and the plans of his administration to operate in different way, the former Anambra governor noted that: “The 2021 budget is about N21 trillion with a deficit of about N11trillion all these are estimates. Approximately N6 trillion is for subsidy. By the time you remove subsidy, you’ve reduced this by half. I believe subsidy must go.”
He also urged Nigerians to consider the forthcoming election as a serious concern and regard it far beyond the manifestos and promises made by the different presidential candidates of different parties, while assessing the credibility of their candidates.