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‘If South Africa Can Declare Emergency on Power, We’ll Declare War’ – Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s nominee for president, has pledged to address Nigeria’s electricity generating and distribution problems by emulating what was done in South Africa and Egypt.

During The Peoples Townhall, a live event held on Sunday by Channels Television and its partners, Obi made this commitment.

The former governor of Anambra State visited Egypt last year, undoubtedly to observe how the North African nation quickly resolved its power-related issues.

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“We have to open up like South Africa has done. They have power issues like us, even [though] they are 60 million and they are generating almost 40-something-thousand, they declared [a state of] emergency and said anybody can generate up to 100,000 megawatts without licence,” he said.


“If somebody who is 60 million (sic) generating almost 50,000 declared [an] emergency, we declare war here on power. If it will consume everybody, it will consume us, but we will get power.

“Egypt did the same thing. Egypt had about 20,000. One of their studies showed that power is a critical issue. Today, Egypt is generating almost 50,000. In fact, Egypt is exporting power to Europe. If these things can be done around us – South Africa and Egypt – why not Nigeria?”

If elected president in February, the Labour Party nominee promised that during his four years in office, his administration would produce and distribute no less than 20,000 megawatts. But he said that he would make an effort to go beyond the goal.

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Peter Obi told Nigerians that his administration would usher in a generational transformation, vowing not to fail like previous administrations and to show them things they had never seen before.


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