Former Governor of Anambra State and Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has said that the country was hijacked by forces of retrogression, therefore, he’s on a rescue mission to return it to their rightful owners.
Obi spoke in his acceptance speech shortly after he was declared winner of the Presidential Primaries under the labour party.
He said his mission was a patriotic duty towards seeking the desired political emancipation of the country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure.
The former governor said, it was unfortunate that those owing Pensioners are the ones spending dollars to buy Delegates to be leaders of the country.
He said, “yes, our country stands hijacked by forces of retrogression.We are almost zero in all indices of development. As a result our future, especially those of the youth and generations unborn is in ruins. We have become a laughing stock among other nations including African countries.
“As a party that represents the workers and masses of this great nation, we are people organised and working for our economic rebirth. As I am nominated today, I humbly proclaim that the journey towards the emancipation of the country has begun.
“History beckons. Nigerians remain hopeful for a national rebirth, which implies returning Nigeria to Nigerians farmers, teachers and students, lecturers, artisans, workers, pensioners and over a hundred million poor Nigerians who are not sure where their next meal will come from.
“Therefore, what you are doing today is a patriotic duty towards seeking the desired political emancipation of our dear country, which stands wounded by many years of cumulative leadership failure.
“Painfully, our current dysfunctional system rewards unearned income and conspicuous consumption; allows university lecturers to remain on strike for months; keep our youths at home; and owe pensioners, who gave their patriotic sweat and their youthful energy to serve this country.
“The despicable contrast is that those responsible for the mess, those elected to take care of them have abandoned the national currency and are living like kings, spend dollars to buy delegates as well as houses all over the world they owe most workers, lecturers and retirees”.
He therefore, called all Nigerians especially the youths for a sustained support towards returning Nigeria to Nigerians from forces of bad leadership and retrogression.
He said, “in the battle to re-take Nigerian, the odds are great and seemingly insurmountable, but with our commitment, patriotism and understanding that we are doing, what we are supposed to do for our
country, lest she shall die, we shall move on discontent with what is and focused on enthroning what ought to be. In doing this, our battle cry shall remain: get your PVC and become part of this great libration!
“Our governance mission will be twin-tracked. Secure Nigeria in every ramification: national security, human security, food security and tackling insecurity created by unemployment.
“We will also seek to unite our nation by pulling our people out of poverty, and creating a new sense of nationalism and patriotism. Nigeria shall rise again: and her people will be proud to claim ownership of her patrimony. Doing so is in our collective national interest.
“As I earnestly thank Nigerians for their faith in me. In the days ahead I will publish our governance manifesto, which will spell out our top governance priorities. I assure you that no region; state, local government or communities will be left behind.
“I also assure you all that the struggle continues and that victory is certainly in sight towards the guarantee of a meaningful future for our youths and making this country a respected and viable member of a 21st century world, that places high value on production over consumption”, he said.