Nigeria Requires A Leadership Imbued With Competence – Peter Obi

 

Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, says Nigeria at this moment in her history requires only a leadership imbued with competence. 

At an interface with Nigerians in Washington D.C, Mr Obi said good governance simply translates to eight critical governance values and an unfettered commitment to upholding them.

In his opinion Nigeria requires a leadership or government being accountable, transparent, responsive, equitable, inclusive, effective and efficient.


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In addition to these, the former Anambra State governor said the leader must at all times follow the rule of law, and make his government participatory and consensus-oriented.

He said there are the 4 Cs, and leadership values required to turn Nigeria around, adding that what Nigeria needs is a “leadership imbued with competence, capacity, credibility and commitment”.

The LP flagbearer further stated that the primary responsibility of the citizens in governance is twofold: to elect their leaders and secondly, to hold such leaders accountable.

He also shared that Nigeria’s Diaspora has a continuing role and responsibility toward nation-building and national development.

“With $20 billion in remittances in 2021, Nigeria ranks 6th behind the top five recipient countries; namely; India Mexico, China, the Philippines, Egypt, and Bangladesh.

“Expert assessments indicate that with proper policy and planning, we can leapfrog to about $60b in remittances annually. That will translate to about 14% of our total GDP.

“In 2021 Nigeria’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was $4.8 billion. Therefore, I see Diaspora remittances as the new normal and becoming Nigeria’s Official Development Assistance (ODA); some kind of foreign loan-without interest,” the former governor enunciated.

Mr Obi went on to assert that bolstering Nigeria’s power sector is imperative, adding that his administration will lay special emphasis on critical infrastructure, especially power, to ensure a clear measurable increase of 200% of the present generation, transmission and distribution, within the shortest possible time through a public-private partnership.

Additionally, he assured those present that trade and investment will remain core components of his government’s African foreign policy.

We Are Negotiating With Boko Haram – Buhari

muhammadu-Buhari-Nigeri President on Boko HaramPresident Muhammadu Buhari says the Nigerian government has started negotiations with members of the Boko Haram sect, with the view to securing the release of the over 200 school girls kidnapped in Chibok, Borno State.

The President made the statement while responding to questions from members of the Nigerian community in France under the auspices of Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation (NIDO).

He said his administration was worried by the continued stay of the girls in the hands of their captors and was working tirelessly to get them release.

The girls were abducted from their school’s dormitory in the north-eastern state on April 14 by members of the Boko Haram sect.

President Buhari stated that the unfortunate incident had attracted global attention and sympathy within Nigeria which the government could not fold its arms to watch.

“The issue of Chibok girls has occupied our minds and because of the international attention it drew and the sympathy throughout the country and the world, the government is negotiating with some of the Boko Haram leadership,” he said.

Terrorists’ Unacceptable Demand

President Buhari noted that the government had to first establish genuine members of the sect so that it would not make the mistake of engaging the wrong persons.

“It is a very sensitive development in the sense that; first, we have to establish; are they genuine leaders of the Boko Haram? That is number one. Number two, what are their terms? The first impression we had was not very encouraging,” he further stated

The President said one of the conditions given by the group was to release one of its members who had been strategic in developing Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs), a demand that the government would not accept.

“They wanted us to release one of their leaders who is a strategic person in developing and making Improvised IEDs that is causing a lot of havoc in the country by blowing people in Churches, Mosque, market places, motor parks and other places. But it is very important that if we are going to talk to anybody, we have to know how much he is worth.

“Let them bring all the girls and then, we will be prepared to negotiate, I will allow them to come back to Nigeria or to be absolved in the community. We have to be very careful, the concern we have for the Chibok girls, one only imagine if they got a daughter there between 14 and 18 and for more than one and a half years, a lot of the parents who have died would rather see the graves of their daughters rather than the condition they imagine they are in.

“This has drawn a lot of sympathy though out the world, that is why this government is getting very hard in negotiating and getting the balance of those who are alive,” he emphasised.

President Buhari assured  the gathering that his administration was doing everything possible to improve on the state of the economy through provision of infrastructure in critical sectors.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had in July this year confirmed the willingness of government to engage the sect if they were ready.

Adesina, who lamented that the insurgents had attacked so many villages and killed scores of people, said the Federal Government was not ruling out negotiations with the sect if it would put an end to the activities of the group.

The Nigerian Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman, had on Sunday, said that members of terror group Boko Haram were surrendering “en masse” and that the regional offensive was scoring success against the militants.

Some Nigerians who were allowed to field in questions during the interactions with President Buhari requested to know what the government was doing to guarantee the plights of the disabled.

Questions were also asked about the possibility of Diaspora Nigerians to vote during election.

Nigerians In US Kick Against Further Election Postponement

Nigerians in the USNigerians in the United States of America have expressed dissatisfaction with the postponement of the general elections, insisting that efforts must be made to ensure elections hold as rescheduled.

They said they were monitoring events back home ahead of the March 28 polls, stressing how critical holding the elections are.

Channels Television’s correspondent in Washington, Maria Byrd, said many Nigerians in the U.S. are using social media and other forms of advocacy to influence the electoral process.

The Executive Director NaijaDC, Chime Asonye, said his group had continued to monitor the electoral process. He said people were disappointed by what they see.

“We had a huge tweet chat, where we were also joined by representatives of the Voice of America and Washington Post to try and galvanise people on what their general thoughts about the election are,” he said.

The Leader of the Acts For Accountability, Lola Adele Oso, expressed disappointment over the postponement of the election, saying the new urgency to handle the Boko Haram sect is a little suspicious.

“I understand the need for concern over safety for those who want to vote. However, Boko Haram is not a new incident. Boko Haram has been around at least for this administration for quite a few years.

“So the new urgency to actually handle the situation that is called Boko Haram is a little suspicious. We hope that the elections will proceed as scheduled on March 28,” she stressed.