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  In recent and present times, there have been outrageous attempts by the opposition parties and many detractors to tag Peter Obi as an Igbo agenda to de-market him. And one would ask, is there anything wrong with him being an Igbo agenda? Is he not a Nigerian? Is there anyone tagging Atiku Abubakar and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu with a Fulani and Yoruba agenda respectively? There is so much work for the #Obidients. The work of making Peter Obi a national agenda.
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The first step towards making Obi a national agenda is to make the campaign focus more on a rescue mission. In doing this, #Obidients must amplify the atrocities of the present APC administration. They must tell other Nigerians how much wreckage the APC government has done to this unity of the nation, and remind them of the banning of Twitter, which is an aberration in a democratic setting as well as the denial of freedom of speech. Moreover, they must amplify how the government shot at #EndSars protesters in 2020 and how they silenced the voices of human rights. Also, the government’s inability to secure Nigerians from terrorists and even worst still negotiating with terrorists and even having sympathisers within the government is something #Obidients must be brought to the frontline of their campaign. Finally, the discussion must centre around rescuing Nigeria from the hands of corrupt and divisive politicians.
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Secondly, the #Obidients must amplify Peter Obi’s track records and achievements and strengths. For example, as governor of Anambra State, Obi brought about transformational changes in the areas of governance, education, infrastructure, health and industry. His ability to lift the human development index of his state as governor is worthy of being talked about. His role in taking Anambra from 27th position to 1st in education says a lot about his love for education. Also, his building of hospitals and healthcare centres in all the 177 communities of the state is laudable. How about how he asphalted over 800km of roads, making Anambra the state with the best road network? These achievements should be at the forefront of the #Obidients campaign.  No one is more prepared for governance than Peter Obi. Before and after his time as governor, Obi took leadership, business and academic courses, most of which were centred on good governance and wealth creation. While other candidates haven’t sufficient intellectual and academic pedigree that is very crucial to modern governance, Peter Obi has built a very strong and robust profile for leadership.  Another strength the #Obidients must deploy is his energetic display of readiness in tackling the problems that have bed bedevilled the country. In time past, Obi has proffered solutions and panaceas for Nigeria’s ailing economy through various platforms. His lectures have been a trigger for political participation among the youths.
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Third, the #Obidients must amplify the weaknesses of the candidates of the APC and PDP. They must place a searchlight on how these politicians have engaged in corrupt practices and have been roped into one shady business and scandal or the other. They must inform the public how these spell doom for the nation. Electing corrupt officials into the presidency is to give them another opportunity to loot the nation’s treasury. They must point out that Obi was then the opposite of these corrupt officials, who as Anambra State governor were able to cut the cost of governance and was able to save over 70 billion Naira in the state’s treasury.  Finally, the #Obidients must amplify what the #Obidient movement stands for in Nigeria and how the next generation of Nigerians and Nigerian leaders stand the chance to aspire for the highest office through the political awakening. They must try to get the endorsements and partnership of new generation leaders like Fela Durotoye, Kingsley Moghalu, Monye Chukwuka, etc. who themselves have to hope in having a population of youthful engagements in the nearest future. Featured Image Source: Obindigbo
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This article was first published on 21st August 2022

nnaemeka-emmanuel

Nnaemeka is an academic scholar with a degree in History and International Studies from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is also a creative writer, content creator, storyteller, and social analyst.


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