2023: My goal is to return Nigeria back to the people — Obi declares

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Dr Peter Obi, has said his primary goal for seeking the presidency is to return the country back to the people. 

Obi who made this known at the Men of Valour conference with the theme: “Navigating the corridors of power, the church, and the politics,” organised by the Revival House of International Church (RHOGIC), Abuja, said the country has been hijacked by people who should never have been anywhere near the seat power. 

He said these crop of politicians do not care about the people but their own pockets. He warned that unless the people rise against this evil plaguing the country and force a change, things would only get worse for everyone.

He said: “We can’t allow this gangsterism to continue, Nigerians should take back their country. 70 percent of those who are in politics today should not have any reason to be there. I have said it, politics in Nigeria is a case where lunatics have taken over the asylum.

“This is the only country where the worst is leading. I was a trader and gradually entered into politics. When you take far more than you need, you are sick.

“How do you explain that one person took N80 billion, it is not greed, it is sickness. When you take one billion that is greed, but when you take N80 billion that is sickness. Mad people have taken over our politics. If we get young people with the competence and capacity to be there, things will change.”

On his chances of winning the election, he said he is not expecting next year's election to be easy considering he'd be up against powerful opponents who would do all in their powers to win the election. 

He however, believes Nigerians who have endured enough pains and disappointments for the past years, would want to force a change. 

The former Anambra state governor, also said while he believes in prayer, he believes it is now time to act having prayed enough for so many years.

“We have prayed enough; it is time to act. With these people in power? You can pray from now until any time, they won’t go until you chase them out. So, it is time to act, not just pray. It is time for us to close the church and deal with these people,” he said.

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