Check the background of presidential candidates, Obi tells Nigerians

The Labor Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has asked voters to conduct background checks on all presidential candidates before listening to their promises.

Speaking to Nigerians who came to welcome him in Frankfurt, Germany on Friday, Obi said the electorate would not listen to any of the presidential candidates speaking through proxies.

According to the Peter Obi Support Network Media group, while addressing Nigerians in Frankfurt, the presidential candidate said that every candidate should come and tell the Nigerians his agenda to make Nigeria work.

Obi said: “If you listen to us go and check our background, this is not the time for anyone to show us his qualifications, I live in Nigeria and I know Nigeria and what Nigerians need. I am no stranger to Nigerian problems.

“I am a trader but I have the privilege of going to some of the best schools such as Oxford, Cambridge and other Ivy League institutions, but I always tell people that educational qualification is not the same as integrity.

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“Listen to all presidential candidates, not by proxy. Let anyone who wants to be your president come forward and speak directly to you, for he is the one who will hold you accountable for everything that happens to Nigeria under his charge.

“This campaign is not a campaign that you are going to run through someone, that person has to come and tell us directly what he is going to do for our country and we have to take note of what he is saying and stick to his words.

“We also don’t want him to be carried to this place in a wheelchair, but must consider his capacity, competence, integrity and dedication.”

Speaking of racism, Peter Obi said: “I don’t consider any country to be racist. If you think your host country is racist, you can go back to your country. The reason you’re here is because your place isn’t working.

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“So it is our duty to turn things around in Nigeria in the interest of our country.

“Someone asked me about looking for foreign investors, I said Nigerians are going to do outside what China and India were doing.

“It is good for us to go back and restore our place, we have to secure that and it is important for our place to have good leadership that is visionary, nothing happens in other countries that is rocket science, a country is measured by its productive capacity.

“Someone asked me what we are going to do to stabilize the naira and I said it is very simple; production, because the more you produce and export goods, the stronger your currency becomes. If you are looking for dollars and euros, just go and sell something to someone who has euros and dollars and your currency will become strong. We will ensure the safety of lives and bring stability to governance.

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“Our human capital is low these days, we have 200 million people with barely ten percent production capacity. You also need to reduce the cost of governance and not tolerate corruption. People can’t keep doing what they’re doing with government resources.”

He promised to give Nigerians in the diaspora the chance to vote in the 2027 elections if they are elected president next year.

Mr. Peter Obi also assured that Africa will remain at the center of Nigeria’s foreign policy as it will enhance the diplomatic sphere of influence through peacekeeping, trade and investment initiatives.

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