Vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019 elections, Peter Obi, has decried the level of corruption in the country, saying he would continue to call on Nigerians to pray for divine intervention.
Obi, who spoke at a maiden synod of the new Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, Anglican Communion, in Umuenwelum Anam, Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, said the reason the country continued to retrogress was because the political leaders and elite had remained selfish, focusing on personal gains in office.
He said insecurity, economic challenges and many other challenges facing the country are not the biggest threat to Nigeria’s progress, but the political leaders and the elite who have refused to serve the interests of the people.
Obi said if Nigerian leaders would be sincere in their approach to issues affecting the country and be transparent in the management of national resources, every other challenge rearing its ugly head would be greatly reduced.
“The main reason I always urge Nigerians to seek divine intervention for the country is that the politicians are the major problems of the nation. If God can touch their hearts to use public funds for public good, then the country will be better,” Obi said.
Using Anambra West as a case study, he said such areas that have high rate of poverty need much government intervention in areas of education, good access roads and support for small businesses.
He lamented that many abandoned public projects across the nation could be traced to corruption, where those involved have looted the funds mapped out for such projects.
Obi, who pledged to support the Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, Anglican Communion, Obiorah Uzochukwu, in areas of education, poverty eradication through support for small businesses, also encouraged him never to be de-spirited by the enormous tasks ahead, but continue to contribute relentlessly to the progress of Anambra West.