Politics

Let Nigerian leaders learn from Kenyan experience – Peter Obi

The Labour Party presidential candidate in 2023, Peter Obi, has tasked Nigerian political leaders to learn a lesson from the recent socio-political experience in Kenya.

The political heavyweight, in a Twitter (X) post on Sunday, called on his colleagues to change, while reacting to the recent protests against proposed tax hikes by Kenyan citizens.

Obi lamented that the political leaders in Nigeria use public funds to pay media thugs to insult and abuse those who speak truth to power.

He challenged Nigerian leaders to refrain from such habits and start making sacrifices for the greater good of the suffering masses

The former Anambra governor said; “We, the Nigerian political leaders, should take a strong lesson from the recent Kenyan experience. When the Kenyan public realized that their government was not making sufficient sacrifices and prioritizing resources effectively, they spoke out, demanded change, expressed their dissatisfaction, and protested. In response, the President demonstrated true Leadership by listening to the people’s demands and acting accordingly, recognizing that government should be driven by the needs of the citizens, not by our own consumption agenda.

The government took several measures to reduce unnecessary expenditures and demonstrate fiscal responsibility, including canceling budgets for the First Lady and Second Lady’s offices, dissolving 47 state agencies, suspending nonessential travel for government workers, freezing the purchase of new cars for officials, and reducing the number of advisers by half. Another notable instance was when the president was accused of chartering a plane to America. Instead of dismissing the concerns, he responded transparently and addressed the issue.

This acknowledgment of the people’s demands exemplifies responsive governance. In contrast, we the Nigerian leaders, often arrogantly do the opposite to genuine grievances of our suffering citizens. Instead of addressing legitimate concerns, and being accountable to the people, we resort to using public funds to pay media thugs to insult and abuse those who speak truth to power. We, the Nigerian Leaders, must abandon these detrimental habits, stop the feasting, and start making sacrifices for the greater good of our suffering masses.

True change and progress will require leaders who are sincere, willing to listen, act responsibly, and prioritize the welfare of the people over personal or political interests. If we makes he necessary changes and make the needed sacrifices. A new Nigeria is possible!”.