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Peter Obi to Tinubu: Nigerians need solutions to challenges, not excuses

A FORMER presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, has urged President Bola Tinubu’s administration to address several challenges facing Nigerians and stop making excuses.

Obi described Nigeria as the world’s poverty capital, adding that it was depressing to hear the people in authority claim that Nigerians were not the only people on earth suffering from hunger and poverty.

He said rather than making excuses in times of crisis, great leaders offer assurance, direction, and solutions.

Obi said this in a post on his X handle on Friday, June 21.

He suggested that to address the nation’s challenges, Tinubu’s government should have a comprehensive plan of action.

The former governor of Anambra state said apart from being the poverty capital of the world, Nigeria also ranks among the most insecure and hungriest people on earth, has poor education quality and the highest number of out-of-school children.

He also pointed out high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, the high-income gap between the poor and the rich, the high corruption perception index, infrastructure and healthcare challenges, among others.

“It is disheartening to hear those in charge, who were hired to address our problems, make statements like ‘we are not the only ones struggling with poverty and hunger.

“Instead of merely acknowledging that other countries face similar challenges, we need to hear a thorough plan of action to tackle our unique struggles.

“We need a comprehensive approach to tackle our specific challenges, not generalisations that dismiss our experiences. A true leader provides direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis,” Obi stated.

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According to him, the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations that are making progress is that they “don’t state the obvious but offer a roadmap for overcoming obstacles.”

“Just like a pilot who doesn’t just announce turbulence, they assure passengers that they will do everything possible to ensure a safe journey,” he added.

He urged those in leadership positions to offer tangible solutions, not mere reminders that other nations face similar challenges.

The ICIR reported that the country has faced more hardship since President Bola Tinubu announced the fuel subsidy removal on May 29, 2023 – the day he assumed office.




     

     

    The announcement led to an increase in fuel pump prices and an astronomical rise in the cost of transportation and foodstuffs.

    In February this year, some Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) took to the streets of Lagos, Edo and Osun states to protest the worsening economic crises in the country. 

    There were similar protests in Edo, Osun, Niger and other states.

    The ICIR reports that most Nigerians are yet to benefit from several promises of palliatives by the federal government as inflation and prices of essential commodities continue to snowball. 

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    Bankole Abe
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