Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the last general elections, has criticized the federal government’s contemplation of purchasing new aircraft for the presidential fleet. In a post on his X handle on Monday, Obi described the move as highly insensitive to the suffering of Nigerians amid the country’s worst economic crisis, characterized by high inflation, a devalued currency, and widespread poverty.

Obi highlighted that such expenditure is particularly egregious when the country is facing severe challenges, including rising insecurity, poverty, hunger, and homelessness. He emphasized the disconnect between the government and the people’s struggles, urging a compassionate use of resources to prioritize citizens’ welfare.

He pointed out that despite Nigeria’s significant economic struggles and debt burdens, the government’s focus on luxury purchases contrasts sharply with the frugality seen in countries like the USA. Obi called for an end to such impunity and a redirection of efforts towards education, healthcare, and poverty alleviation to better serve the nation’s needs.


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