“In my take on corruption is if you and your family are not involved, you cut it by 70%, and you have to show an example and remain consistent. As a governor, we knew where our resources were. It is possible,”
On how he intends to have zero tolerance for corruption in governance, Obi said that he would lead by example and ensure that his family and associates are not involved in any shady deals. He said that corruption accounts for 70% of the country’s problems and that he would cut it drastically by being transparent and accountable. He cited his record as a governor, where he said he knew where every kobo of the state’s resources was spent and saved.
“In my take on corruption is if you and your family are not involved, you cut it by 70%, and you have to show an example and remain consistent. As a governor, we knew where our resources were. It is possible,” he said.
On what he would do in his first seven days in office, Obi said that he would speak to Nigerians as he was doing now and lay out his agenda and priorities for the country. He said that he would also appoint a competent and credible cabinet that would reflect the diversity and talents of Nigerians. He said that he would not waste time on unnecessary ceremonies or foreign trips, but focus on delivering results for the people.
“In my 7 days, Nigerians will see the character of Govt. I will speak to Nigerians as I am now,” he said.
On what he has to offer to Nigeria with high bigotry in the country to unite Nigeria, Obi said that he would make sacrifices and show love to all Nigerians regardless of their ethnic, religious or political affiliations. He said that he would not allow politicians to use bigotry as a tool to divide the people or gain cheap popularity. He said that he believes in one Nigeria and that all Nigerians are equal and deserve respect and dignity. He said that he attends burials of people from different backgrounds to show solidarity and empathy with them.
“To unite Nigeria is about sacrifice, it is the politicians when they can’t compete in character competency, they bring bigotry in. We don’t have another country but this one. Remain exemplary, show them love,” he said.
“People talk about my going to burials all the time, they ask why don’t I go to celebrations but It is better to go to the place of mourning than the place of feast, when you go to burials, you’ll understand you don’t need all the things you’re acquiring, especially the ones acquired illegally. We are all suffering, no one buys things cheaper. There is no difference between a Yoruba man carrying a green passport and an Igbo man with a green passport, we’re all the same. As long as some of us are in IDP camps, we are all in IDPs. Remain resolute, we’ll win together,” he added.
Obi also answered questions on other topics such as security, economy, education, health and infrastructure. He said that he would tackle insecurity by addressing its root causes such as poverty, unemployment, injustice and marginalization. He said that he would revive the economy by investing in productive sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, technology and tourism.
He said that he would improve education by ensuring quality and access for all children and youths. He said that he would provide universal health coverage for all Nigerians and upgrade the health facilities across the country. He said that he would build modern infrastructure such as roads, railways, airports and power plants to facilitate development and integration.
Obi’s live session attracted thousands of viewers and comments from Nigerians who expressed their support or criticism of his candidature. Many praised him for his honesty, simplicity and competence while others doubted his sincerity or feasibility of his plans. Some also asked him about his running mate, Datti Ahmed.
“In my take on corruption is if you and your family are not involved, you cut it by 70%, and you have to show an example and remain consistent. As a governor, we knew where our resources were. It is possible,”Obi thanked Nigerians for their participation and feedback and urged them to vote for him in the 2023 election. He said that he was confident that he would win the election and transform Nigeria into a prosperous and peaceful nation.
“I am not here to deceive you or tell you lies. I am here to tell you the truth and offer you solutions. I have done it before as a governor and I can do it again as a president. I have no other interest than to serve you and make Nigeria great again. Please vote for me in 2023 and together we will make history,” he concluded.