Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has said state governors should not receive any retirement benefits after leaving office.
He said governors came to serve the people and they should return home when they’re done serving the people.
Obi disclosed that he has never collected any salary or pension since he left office as the governor of Anambra state eight years ago.
He made this disclosure during an event on Saturday in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
He said, “Since I left office eight years ago, I have never received any pension. Anambra State has never bought me any pure water because governors should not have any retirement package.
“You came to serve and when you finish, you should go home. God has blessed you enough. Whatever power God has given you, it’s by grace. Don’t abuse the grace of God. We must stop abusing God’s grace in this country and use public funds to serve the people.”
Obi said that as he was exiting office, he invited the chief executives of three banks where the state funds were kept for the next administration and publicly handed them over to his successor.
“When I was leaving office as Anambra Governor, I invited the Managing Director of Access Bank, Diamond Bank, and Fidelity Bank, and told them publicly that the balance of Anambra State money I kept in each of those banks was $50 million, and N12 billion each. They publicly confirmed it and I told them to give it to my successor to use and develop the state.
“Nobody asked me to save the money but it’s a public fund not my own. I needed to use it to work for the people.”
Obi said Nigeria must move from a consuming nation to a producing nation if it wanted to survive.