Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State, has advised politicians to put aside their aspirations for 2023 and focus on dealing with the current economic recession being faced in the country.
Obi gave the advise when he featured on Channels TV’s programme, Sunday Politics on Sunday, adding that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
He stressed that the funds borrowed by the current administration were not properly put to use,” saying the government did not adequately prepare Nigerians for the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty,” said the ex-Anambra governor.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty.
“If you see what happened with recent protests, you could see that we are heading into a problem.
“And I want our energy to be concentrated in that problem. The politicians, the class where I belong, should do more, seriously, across party lines, to be able to arrest the situation before it gets out of hand.
“For me, it is in discussing how do we put food on people’s table? Elections will come and we can see how to select the best. But let’s deal with the recession we have just entered before 2023.
“The cost of governance is not acceptable. There is too much waste. This recession is going to be worse than in 2016 because the monies we borrowed then were not properly invested.”