Peter Obi, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party, promised on Monday at Chatham House in London that, if elected, his administration would destroy the criminal justice system that had been used for years to repress the nation.
Additionally, he disclosed that an Obi-Datti presidency would foster competence, character, and capability, fostering the development of talents and ideas.
The LP Presidential Candidate bemoaned what he regarded as the existing transactional practices that foster corruption in government while fielding questions from a cross-sector audience at the renowned British International Policy Institute.
These he identified equally enhance inefficiency, as he allayed fears of a logjam between the legislature and executive if he emerges President in 2023.
Though the National Assembly may be dominated by other parties, Obi said he went through such experience as Governor of Anambra state when none of the 30 members of the State of Assembly came from his political party, adding that what he needed to navigate such case is to do the right thing, avoid nepotism and transactional policies, because even the parliamentarians desire good governance.
Regarding allegations of refusing to condemn secessionist agitations by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) the former Anambra State governor said that for him and many other reasonable Nigerians including Igbos, the Biafra war ended 53 years ago. But he is not oblivious of the agitators’ demands for justice.
“We are going to look into the issue of justice and marginalization in which some of them are hinging their grievances.
“We are going to apply the carrot and stick in dealing with the agitators. But in the end there can only be one government and we will be in charge,” he explained.
The presidential frontrunner while answering questions asked by a former British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, on attracting investors to Nigeria, likened his economic blueprint to bee and honey, adding that he will create an enabling environment where rule of law thrives.
This is as he identified security as his top priority, insisting that everything will be done to secure the environment and he will do this by first turning the country into production and pulling people out of poverty and adequately utilizing our military.
“Our military once secured Africa and they should secure Nigeria and we will provide the needed leadership and political will,” he supplied.
He also answered questions on the independence of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), saying that what is happening in the apex bank now is a consequence of mix up of responsibilities and not necessarily of competence, a situation he assured his regime will correct by ensuring that square pegs are in square holes both in personnel and policies.
Obi also said that the on-going fiscal rascality in the system will be dismantled and order and discipline injected into the country’s monetary policies.
On how to navigate the so-called ‘big boys’ to be able see through his beautiful policies if elected, the LP standard bearer said the challenge will be surmounted as there will be no sacred cow.
The former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank provided insight on his plans for the country’s education, Health sectors, debt servicing among others.
Accordingly, he warned that the country’s problem is so serious and does not require a President idling away.