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Peter Obi Highlights Governance Challenges During Visit to Correctional Centre

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Labour Party presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi

Peter Obi, the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential election, expressed his perspective on the state of governance in Nigeria, stating that due to poor governance, citizens find themselves imprisoned by various challenges. Addressing the multitude of issues facing the nation, including insecurity, high levels of poverty and unemployment, corruption, and abuse of office, Obi emphasized the impact of these challenges on the population.

The former governor of Anambra made these remarks during his visit to the Nigerian Correctional Centre in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Sunday. In a post on X, Obi reflected on the difficulties faced by Nigerians and the collective need to address the prevailing issues.

“In a poorly governed nation like ours, we must understand that we are all prisoners to the different challenges weighing us down, ranging from insecurity, high levels of poverty and unemployment, corruption and abuse of office, etc.,” stated Peter Obi.

During the Thanksgiving Church Service at the Correctional Centre to mark the end of the year 2023, Obi expressed gratitude for the gift of life and commended the efforts of the Controller of the Nigerian Correctional Service, Anambra State Command, in ensuring the proper functioning of the facility.

While addressing the inmates, Obi acknowledged their mistakes and reasons for confinement, encouraging them to believe in God, work hard, and become law-abiding for a better future. However, he raised concerns about the large number of productive youths confined in correctional centers, attributing their predicament to the accumulated leadership failures in the country.

Expressing his deep concern, Obi stated, “Many of the inmates are there as a result of the accumulated leadership failure in our country today. If we had a working society, we would not have such a huge number of our youths in different correctional facilities across the nation.”

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The former governor called on political leaders to adopt sacrificial leadership to build a progressive and secure nation. He emphasized the need to engage youths productively, envisioning a New Nigeria where leadership prioritizes the well-being and future of its citizens.


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