The Wealth of The Nation Is IN Your Region – Obi To Northerners

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi, has assured the Northern region that his presidency if elected will give the region premium place in his agenda be­cause the wealth of the nation is in the region.

Obi, who titled his re­marks, ‘The Unmet Needs of the North region’, told the Arewa Joint Committee Interactive Session at the Arewa House Auditorium, Kaduna, on Monday, that the region is strategic to the development plans of Obi-Datti administration if elected president in 2023.

“We shall pay as much attention to the develop­ment of the North as to the development of all oth­er parts of the country; but with much greater empha­sis on the development of the agricultural resources. The North remains where the biggest and sustainable wealth of this great nation lies”, Obi said.

The LP candidate said that he intends to pursue aggressively policies, pro­grammes and projects that will enhance the productiv­ity and competitiveness of all the sectors of the Nige­rian economy.

He pledged do the fol­lowing in the North: “Of­fer immediate and decisive long-lasting and perma­nent-effect resolution of all security challenges in the North; ensure that farmers return to all farmlands for the 2023 farming season. We will make Nigeria’s ar­able land in the North her new oil and gold.”

As part of his admin­istration’s Marshall Plan for Education, he said; “We will foster federal in­tervention in education at all levels in the North and partnership with state governments and inter­national organisations in order to improve access to affordable and quality education at all levels; en­sure very adequate repre­sentation in government, equitable appointments especially in the security and economic sectors; in­centivize the resuscitation of the moribund cotton and textile industries; and full exploration of the cattle economy value chain, no­tably the $75 billion global hide and skin economy.”

He announced that Ni­geria’s share of the global industry is envisaged to generate over $1 billion by 2025; and assured that his administration will ensure very generous deployment and allocation of economic and social projects and in­frastructure in the North – with keen attention to roads, energy, power, and dams- and solar energy from sunlight.

Obi said that a new Nige­ria is possible and the Nige­rian people want solutions to the many problems con­fronting them.

“But we must return to dreams of our founding fa­thers to create an egalitari­an society. The Nigeria we seek will be a united and se­cure Nigeria that symbol­izes the spirit, letters, and exhorting ethos of our na­tional anthem – ‘one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity’ where ‘peace and justice shall reign.’”

Obi, former Anambra State governor said that Obi-Datti ticket plans to offer Nigerians purposeful leadership with the fear of God and with all good con­science and intent where the constitution and the rule of law will always prevail.

He also told his audience comprising the Northern corporate and political leadership that Nigeria’s situation got this bad be­cause “our leaders became selfish, myopic and stopped listening and caring for the common man. Bad lead­ership, divisive rhetoric, and impunity became the norm. Nigerians have suf­fered; they have lost jobs, and lost their farms and herds and their trust in our leaders. That narrative must change.”

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