Peter Obi has condemned the plan of the federal government to buy new presidential jets.

Peter Obi
Peter Obi

The 2023 Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi, said on Monday that the Federal Government’s plan to buy new presidential jets demonstrated extreme insensitivity to citizens’s struggles.

On Monday, in a series of tweets on X, he said the move is happening at a time the country is trending in the global media for facing its worst economic crisis, marked by high inflation, a falling currency, and widespread poverty.

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“However, with rising insecurity, poverty, hunger, and homelessness, this decision highlights the disconnect between the government and the people. It is unacceptable and demands a more compassionate use of resources, prioritising citizens’ welfare.

“‘It’s on record that our presidential jets have an average age of 12 years, purchased when most Nigerians could afford basic necessities.

“Also, as our country faces significant challenges, including a high debt profile, our citizens are in even greater need,” Obi said.

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According to Obi, instead of adding to the nation’s luxuries, the government should be focused on alleviating the people’s suffering and finding solutions to their problems.

For too long, bad leadership has made the nation’s priorities, as leaders, at variance to the needs of society.

“Which is why we are headed now south as a nation.
“To elucidate further, despite dropping down to the fourth-largest economy in Africa, with a GDP of $252 billion and a per capita income of $1,080, with huge debt burdens and borrowing to service debts.

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“Yet, we are spending $15 million for our Vice President’s residence, while the USA, the world’s largest economy with a GDP of $25 trillion, about 100 times our GDP, and a per capita income of $80,000, about 80 times ours, still houses their Vice President in Number 1 Observatory Circle, a house built over 100 years ago and whose value is obviously less than the $15 million we are spending on our VP’s residence.”

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