Obi decries demolition of 200 homes for presidential fleet

Peter Obi

Presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has decried the planned demolition of about 200 houses to pave the way for the presidential fleet.

Obi said in his X handle on Thursday, December 21, 3023, that the presidential fleet is anti-people and should not take precedence over the poor citizens.

According to Obi, a country that the World Bank just confirmed that over 100 million citizens are being sent into poverty, should avoid any policy that could aggravate the situation.

"I am shocked by the recent report of the planned demolition of about 200 houses in the Nuwalege community in Abuja, to make way for the presidential fleet.

"I am again pained that we are embarking on such an inconsiderate project at this critical time when the country is going through untold hardship. I would like to reiterate that at this time, our preoccupation should be how to do away with the presidential fleet or reduce it to the minimum, to cut costs and save up for more critical projects to help the people, instead of demolishing people's homes. 

"A country where the World Bank announced that over 100 million citizens are being pushed into poverty, should not at this time be sending hundreds of people into homelessness to accommodate the presidential fleet of luxury aircraft. We need to focus instead on how to lessen the pain and suffering of poor people.

"We cannot continue to encourage those who have kept us suffering to enjoy a luxurious lifestyle far beyond our legitimate means. A democratically elected people-oriented government must always care for the people, above itself.

"I, therefore, advise that we have a rethink, and most importantly, ensure that our fellow Nigerians are not rendered homeless for the sake of an unproductive presidential fleet. 

"We should rather focus on helping the people and developing our critical sectors for the sake of our national peace, progress, and development. No nation grows or develops by subjecting the people to avoidable inconveniences to accommodate the luxurious excesses of its rulers,” Obi concluded.
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