– A former governor of Anambra state, Peter Obi, is not happy with the extravagant lifestyles of political office holders
– Obi says it is madness to have a political officer going about with a convoy of 22 cars just to show he is powerful
– The former vice-presidential candidate explains that as governor he discovered that 18 cars in his convoy were always empty
Peter Obi, a former governor of Anambra state, said on Saturday, February 22, that it is insane for any political office holder to go about with a convoy of 22 cars.
Obi, who contested as running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, slammed politicians in the country, some of whom have been alleged to be extravagant.
He noted that while he served as governor of Anambra state, he discovered that 18 cars in the convoy he went out with were always empty.
The Nation reports that the former governor stated this when he spoke at the eighth convocation ceremony and award of degrees to students of Veritas University, Bwari, Abuja.
He said there was an urgent need for the government and those serving the country to cut down the cost of governance in the country.
“There is no place in the world that I have seen where one man moves around with 22 vehicles. It is madness.
“I used it as a governor. You will not believe it. I used it as a governor until I asked to find out one day how many of the cars people were occupying, and about 13 of the cars were empty,” Obi said.
The former governor said he realised that the cars were creating a nuisance for the public and making things difficult for the travelling people.
“In Nigeria, that shows you are powerful. You are in power.
“That’s why I said if we are going on this path, there will be collapse. What the government is now doing is to share pension money. This will lead us to nowhere,” he added.
Obi urged Nigerian youths to change the dwindling fortunes of the country through innovations, creativity and entrepreneurship.
“Today, Nigeria is the biggest economy in Africa, followed by South Africa and Egypt. If you combine these countries, their Gross Domestic Product is not up to Apple, an international technology company.
“So Apple is actually worth more than these three African giants. That is what knowledge can do,” he admonished.
On his part, the vice-chancellor of Veritas, Prof Hyacinth Ichoku, explained that the university awarded degrees to 286 graduates and that this included five post-graduate students.
According to him, 25 of the graduates made a first-class honour in the 2019/2020 academic session.
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