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.Tasks VP on promise to lead troops to bandits
‘No foreign investor or partner would invest in Nigeria, with the situation we now find ourselves in’
By Valentine Amanze
The Labour Party (LP) Presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Mr. Peter Obi, has raised alarm over the rising insecurity in Nigeria, calling on the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to reverse the trend.
Obi was particularly worried by the nefarious activities of bandits, kidnappers and other criminals at Abuja, the nation’s capital, while also urging the federal government to tackle the crisis at home and minimize unnecessary foreign trips.
In his X, @PeterObi, the Anambra State former governor also lambasted the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, for deceiving Nigerians at the NBA conference in Lagos for Presidential candidates in August 2022, where he said that if elected that he would tackle insecurity and lead the troops to the bandits
personally while “Bola Tinubu tackles the economy where he is a wizard.”
Obi however wondered why, after seven months in the saddle, the insecurity kept worsening, while the VP kept mute.
His words: “As terror attacks, banditry, kidnappings, and violence continue to rage through the country, it is more concerning now with the surge of violence spreading through the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The recent killings of two abducted young girls in Abuja makes it more depressing and urgent.
“It is now time for we, the leaders, to take all forms of serious measures to tackle the situation. It is unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2015, campaigned and won the elections on three items: Security, Economy, and Corruption (SEC).
“After his eight years in office, the situation has worsened in all three areas.
“The present administration, on assuming office, promised to deal decisively with the same situation – Security, Economy and Corruption.
“Today, however, the situation is getting even worse than ever. At the Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association held in Lagos in August 2022, the then Vice Presidential Candidate, Sen Kashim Shettima, categorically stated that if APC is elected, he as Vice President, would be in charge, while the President as expert in the economy would handle the economy.
“Nigerians therefore now implore them to fulfill campaign promises.
“Even if they do not achieve 100% result, we want to see 100% effort.
“It is now time to stop all forms of foreign trips from people in government, until we deal with the ugly situation facing us at home. No foreign investor or partner would invest in Nigeria, with the situation we now find ourselves in.
“We must make sincere efforts to end the spread of violence and insecurity in our nation, into any meaningful progress” – PO