Wednesday, 25 January 2017

'Nigeria is a Knocked Vehicle, No Point Changing the Driver' - Peter Obi

Peter Obi, former governor of

Anambra state has said Nigeria is

a knocked vehicle and that the it is not necessary to change the

driver,instead the engine should be on fixed.

TheCable. Obi also said 2017 may not be

better than 2016, if the

country continues addressing

the current economic

situation, the same way it

would address a robust economy.

"For me, I dont think (the

economy will be better in

2017) because I have not seen

the attention that is required

for the situation we find

ourselves," Obi told CNBC Africa.

"Where we are now is like

having a car with which has

an engine knock, and we are

still busy talking about

changing the driver. There is

no engine in place; even if you bring in the best driver in the

world, he is not going to move

the car.

"We need to talk about how

do we fix the engine of this

vehicle, and that engine is the

economy. Until we fix it, then

we can talk about the driver,

whether there is a good driver or bad driver."

He called on leaders in the

country to bury their political

divides and deal with the

country's crisis as a survival

strategy. "Considering where we are,

we need to have in all these

sectors, crisis manager to deal

with the situation, We need

to pull everybody together, its

no longer a party matter, it is no longer a political matter, it

is a survival matter.

"It's not time to trade blames,

it's not time to trade blames,

its not time to dwell in

yesterday. If you look at our

headlines in our newspapers,

the quality of discourse is low, we are still chasing shadows. He said

the economy and the

security of Nigerians should

be at the top of national

discourse. Obi added that Nigeria is a

country that would double her

population in 30 years, and

nobody is thinking of how to

prepare for tomorrow.

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