Obi is understudying Egypt’s success in energy, others, aide insists


Peter Obi interacting with the top executive and engineers of the New Capital Power Plant in New Cairo, Egypt. The plant currently generates 4,800 megawatts of electricity.

Obi believes in learning/ acquisition of knowledge

By Valentine Amanze

Labour Party’s (LP) Presidential candidate in the 2023 Nigeria’s genral election, Mr. Peter Obi, is currently understudying how Egypt, Africa’s third biggest economy after South Africa and Nigeria, moved its power generation from 20,000 megawatts to over 40,000 megawatts in four years.

Obi’s media aide, Mr. Valentine Obienyem, made the clarification in a statement on Thursday, while responding to the opposition’s curiousity over the trip to Egypt.

Obienyem also pointed out that Nigeria had been suffering epileptic electricity supply for so many years, as the country remained fixated on 4,000 megawatts.

He wondered why such a useful trip would set tongues wagging in Nigeria?

“I read many comments on Mr. Peter Obi’s trip. Some of the comments, like that of Mr. Omoyele Sowore, insinuated that going to Egypt to learn about governance or how some of their economic policies helped to turn their country around in nine months to the election was a sign of unpreparedness,” he said.

The media aide explained that Obi believes in learning/ acquisition of knowledge that would help tackle present and future challenges, insisting:  “Obi actually travelled specifically for the reason he mentioned. Any sedulous listener to Obi would have heard him say that learning and leadership are interwoven: A leader must be humble at all times to learn from the high and the low to the extent of studying or learning from existing templates or countries that have done correctly what one’s own is not able to do. This is the full essence of the Egyptian trip.”

Obienyem said that he was optimistic that Obi would acquire useful knowledge that would be beneficial to Nigeria whether he becomes president or not.

“When I travelled with him to Bangladesh, Rwanda, Kenya, Benin Republic, China, India, among others, it was essentially to study aspects of their development.

“He has been availing the country of his findings in his quest to see a better governed Nigeria,” he said.

Recall that on Tuesday June 14, 2022, Mr. Peter Obi informed Nigerians via his twitter handle of his trip to Egypt, to understudy by what miracle the third biggest economy in Africa after South-Africa and Nigeria moved its power generation from 20,000 megawatts to over 40,000 megawatts in four years.

Obi (left) with the company officials.


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