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Misplaced Priorities: Peter Obi Slams FG’s Plan To Buy New Presidential Jets

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In a scathing critique of government priorities amidst Nigeria’s severe economic challenges, former Vice President Peter Obi has condemned the government’s plan to acquire new presidential jets.

He characterized the decision as a stark display of insensitivity towards the plight of ordinary citizens grappling with rising inflation, economic downturn, and widespread poverty.

“At a time when our country is facing its worst economic crisis, marked by high inflation, a falling currency, and widespread poverty, the government’s plan to buy new presidential jets demonstrates extreme insensitivity to citizens’ struggles,” Obi stated.

Obi highlighted the contrasting priorities, pointing out, “It’s on record that our presidential jets have an average age of 12 years, purchased when most Nigerians could afford basic necessities.

“Now, as our country faces significant challenges, including a high debt profile, our citizens are in even greater need.”

Obi criticized the expenditure on infrastructure, saying, “While we had earlier refurbished the old VP residence with $2 million, the over 100 years old US Vice President’s house has only undergone widescale renovations twice, funded by tax payers money; in 1993 and in 2021.

“Every new US VP is free to finance any minor refurbishing from his personal funds. It’s, therefore, time to stop this impunity, insensitivity, and shamelessness and refocus on the needs of our people. We must prioritize education, healthcare, and lifting our citizens out of poverty.”

Obi urged a reevaluation of national priorities, emphasizing the importance of redirecting resources towards essential services that benefit all Nigerians.

“Let us work together to build a nation that truly serves its people, not just the interests of a few. Let’s rise to the challenge, and build this new Nigeria which is now more possible than ever before,” he concluded.

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