The Labour Party’s (LP) nominee for president in 2023, Peter Obi, has underlined the necessity of a politically corrupt-free environment in Nigeria.
This was said by Obi during a condolence visit to the late Prof. Ben Nwabueze, the Pioneer Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and a constitutional lawyer, at his home in Ajao Estate, Lagos State.
In a moving speech, Obi bemoaned the level of political corruption that still exists in Nigeria and argued in favour of switching back to a parliamentary form of government.
He defined the late well-known attorney as a steadfast supporter of a greater Nigeria, renowned for his integrity and dedication to the country.
According to the former governor of Anambra State, real change in Nigeria can only come about through tearing down the framework that politicians built for criminal organisations.
In addition, he expressed disapproval of the N160 million cars that each federal senator had purchased, stating that such costs were unreasonable during a period of widespread hardship for the populace.
He said, “Constituency projects are criminal. Because the executive is also criminally minded, it succumbed to things like that. Rascality and bad behaviour have become ingrained in our culture. We should revert to the parliamentary system of government, which allows the people we elect to directly address our concerns.”
Obi went on to voice his displeasure with the existing presidential system, saying that presidents distance themselves from accountability by frequently assigning queries to their assistants.
He urged dismantling the prevailing culture of criminality, stating, “People who already have cars are being given cars worth N160 million. People are suffering, and there’s a need for modesty. The elected officials must be answerable to the people.”
Looking back on his association with the late Professor Nwabueze, Obi commended him for his unwavering support of constitutional amendments and social justice reforms.
In a connected development, Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo honoured Professor Nwabueze, recognising his important contributions to constitutional law and his unrelenting dedication to justice and equity.
He conveyed the grief felt by the people and the administration over the passing of a well-known person whose legacy would inspire next generations.
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