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“Nigeria Has Been Criminalized,” Says Peter Obi

Austin Papi

Peter Obi, former vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February general elections, has raised claims that Nigeria has been criminalized.

Obi, who was the governor of Anambra State for eight years, spoke as a Guest Speaker at the maiden convocation of Chrisland University, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, recently.

He spoke on the topic, "Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship: A critical Intersection for Economic Development in Africa.” During his speech, he urged the younger generation not to toe the line of previous leaders in the country.

“What I found in Nigerians and your parents here, including me, I am a  victim of that,  I was governor for eight years, you can hardly see anybody who tells you something is wrong,” he said.

“Everybody calls you His Excellency, that since you came, things have changed, even, when you know that nothing has changed.

“It is just that we have a government that has criminalised the society and people celebrate criminality. So, nobody could say to them, stop.

“Those who steal, if they come to church they will give them front seats, so, why would they not steal? They are the ones who are given chieftaincy tittles, they are the ones who get tittles in the world. So, we need to change all that.”

Obi explained that when he had previously assessed the economy of Nigeria as a governor in Anambra State, he noticed that the leaders in the country had always failed to invest in education and entrepreneurship and that brought the country's economy to its present situation.