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by Victor Ndubuisi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 election, has stated that leaders who ask people to sacrifice for a better Nigeria must likewise lead by example.

He defined this as “leading by example.”

Obi spoke at the burial Mass for the late Dean Emeritus of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Reverend Maxwell Anikwenwa, who died at the age of 83, on Thursday at St Faith Cathedral, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Awka.

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Obi, responding to a query on the viral video of President Bola Tinubu’s long convoy in Lagos on Wednesday, said there was a need to reduce the expense of governance, which has always been his attitude on governance.


He said: “I have not seen the video you talked about, but let me tell you what I have always said: that present Nigeria requires that all those who serve and lead must do so by example.

“The behaviour, character, and public conduct of those who serve must be in consonance with what society requires today. You cannot continue to preach to the people to sacrifice without sacrificing.

“The sacrifice must start with the leaders, visibly, measurably at all times, because the people are suffering and we must all be at the forefront of the suffering.”

Obi, while speaking on the life of the late Archbishop Anikwenwa, said: “He is not just a pastor of God, but a great Nigerian who contributed to this country beyond his pastoral work in building a better Nigeria.

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“He is involved in advocating for a better Nigeria, good governance, and others. He was a great Nigerian and a great Igbo man, and I am not surprised about the number of people at [this] burial ceremony today.”

Earlier, numerous prominent Nigerians paid tribute to Anikwenwa, including Anambra State Governor Prof Chukwuma Soludo, his deputy, Dr Onyekachi Ibezim, Senator Victor Umeh, and Archbishop Province of Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Dr Chibuzo Ibezim.


Most Reverend Dr Henry Ndukuba, Archbishop Metropolitan and Primate of All Nigeria, hailed Anikwenwa as a soldier of Christ and a wealth of knowledge and church history.

“He was a man who did all to please God, a soldier of Christ indeed. His death is not just a loss to the diocese but to the church and the country at large, as he holds a special award of the country.

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“He was a disciplinarian and a great timekeeper, and he was always mindful of it. I call on his wife and children to be comforted by the fact that Baba lived a great life.”


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