A former governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Get together, PDP, Mr Peter Obi has mentioned that Nigeria will hardly turn out to be a profitable nation if bandits are thought-about above intellectuals for a gathering by the federal authorities.
Obi said this on Wednesday throughout the unveiling and presentation of a ebook by Prof. Chinyere Okunna at Nnamdi Azikiwe College in Awka.
Prof. Okunna is the Director of UNIZIK Radio and was a Commissioner and chief of workers to Obi whereas he was governor.
Obi who was a particular visitor of honour mentioned, “Oil cash was once the main earner for Nigeria, however at the moment the world is transferring away from oil. The data sector is now the trade that’s incomes cash.
“Prof Okunna (the creator) who we’re celebrating at the moment, I can inform you earns lower than a political thug. Nigeria prefers to pay bandits and dialogue with them than to pay or meet with resourceful and hard-working intellectuals.
“Nigeria won’t succeed if we proceed asking bandits to come back to a gathering and we aren’t calling professors to a gathering. That’s the reason the nation is the place it’s at the moment. Could God assist Nigeria.”
Obi mentioned he by no means knew the creator of the ebook earlier than appointing her commissioner, however he grew to become eager about her when he noticed her CV as a nominee when he was governor. He mentioned many individuals protested her appointment as a result of they mentioned she was not a member of the social gathering however he remained resolute as a result of he wanted the fitting group to do the job.
He admonished that, “Individuals come to me to ask recommendation on the type of individuals they need to give appointments to and I say to them, ‘take individuals who can inform you the reality regardless of how painful’.
“If you happen to hearken to the individuals who inform you the candy issues on a regular basis, then you definitely’ll fail. You probably have an exco the place they don’t argue and disagree with you, then you’ve a bunch of idiots and naturally, now we have lots of idiots in Nigeria. Individuals who declare they know every little thing are idiots. How can we pay people who find themselves bandits when now we have not paid those that are working?” Obi requested.
Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the college, Prof Charles Esimone mentioned, “We’re working to turn out to be the two hundredth College on the earth. I’ve seen the imaginative and prescient and it’s achievable.
“It’ll take focus, innovation and lots of arduous work to realize that. Excellence is the factor we ought to be celebrating in universities, innovation, scholarship and others.”