Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has said that Nigeria’s problems will persist until those he described as lunatics are flushed out of the government.
Obi whose presidential ambition received even wider attention lately following his withdrawal from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said things would eventually change in Nigeria if young people with capacity are put in leadership positions.
He described 70 percent of Nigerian politicians, especially those present in governance as lunatics.
Naija News reports that Obi made this declaration on Sunday, June 19 at the Men of Valour conference with the theme: “Navigating the corridors of power, the church, and the politics”.
The event was organised by the Revival House of International Church (RHOGIC), Abuja.
According to Obi, only a lunatic would steal N80 billion meant for good citizens of the country for personal use because he is privileged to be in government.
He lampooned most politicians in corridors of power today, saying they have no reason to be there.
Obi said: “We can’t allow this gangsterism to continue. Nigerians should take back their country. 70 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. This is the only country where the worst is leading. I was a trader and gradually entered into politics. When you take far more than you need you are sick.
“How do you explain that one person took N80 billion; it is not greed, it is sickness. When you take N1 billion that is greed, but when you take N80 billion that is sickness. Mad people have taken over our politics. If we get young people with the competence and capacity to be there, things will change.”
Speaking on whether a third force can wrest power from the powerful duo of All Progressive Congress (APC) and the PDP, Obi said only the people that would vote have the final say on the issue.
The former Anambra State governor said: “It is about the people. When I contested as governor in Anambra, I did so in a small party. People told me that I had no structure. People are the structure. When I was a governor in Anambra, my party had no state or federal lawmaker.
“When I left as governor, no state was financially stable as Anambra. We were not owing anybody. The people will decide who will rule them. Luckily we have eight months, let people come and tell you how they have started. Come and tell us, don’t use people or glossy paper, tell us from your mouth so that we can hold you to account.”
Obi noted that while prayer is important, there is a need to be more proactive to emerge victorious in the 2023 general elections.
He added: “We have prayed enough, it is time to act. With these people in power? You can pray from now until any time, they won’t go until you chase them out. So it is time to act, not just pray. It is time for us to close the church and deal with these people.”