Former Anambra State Governor and Labour Party presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, Peter Obi, has said he will not take a break after the election, stressing that there are pressing issues in Nigeria that require consistent attention.Obi made this statement on Monday while speaking to reporters after celebrating Eid-El Fitri with the Muslim community in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
He argued that those who choose to rest after the election must have a reason for doing so, but he had no reason to take a break because of the numerous problems Nigeria is facing.
Obi stated that he intends to continue visiting schools, hospitals, and interacting with people, even after the election.
He added that his visit to the Muslim community had nothing to do with politics as the campaigns had ended. He emphasized that Nigerians must remain united, regardless of their political or religious affiliations, and that politics should not divide them. According to him, Nigeria will continue to be one irrespective of political affiliation.
Obi also pledged to tackle poverty in the northern region of Nigeria. He stated that although some people doubted the need to begin the fight against poverty in the north, he believed that the vast land in the region would be used to solve the problem of poverty in Nigeria.
During the celebration, Obi donated cartons of noodles, bags of rice, and soft drinks to the Muslim community in Awka. He also promised to assist in the rebuilding of the central mosque, which is undergoing a facelift.
The leader of the Muslim community in Awka, Alhaji Musa Bello, praised Obi for his efforts in supporting the community, stating that many members of the community were beneficiaries of the former governor’s largesse during his tenure. He expressed confidence that Obi would reclaim his mandate and return to office.
Abdullahi Garba Haruna, another member of the community, also testified that he had his primary and secondary education in Awka, thanks to the state government scholarship scheme under Obi’s tenure as governor.