NBA Conference: Nigeria has qualified as a failed state – Peter Obi

Nigeria has the traits of a failing state, according to Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.


In Lagos, he made this statement during the 62nd annual general meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association. Leaders in the fields of justice delivery, technology, the economics, politics, judicial reforms, human rights, and the rule of law were present at the 2022 NBA conference, which had the subject “Bold Transitions.”

Mr. Obi noted that the upcoming election in 2023 is not about tribe or religion but rather about character and competence. He stated that Nigeria needed to make a bold transition from a highly insecure state to a highly secured state.

Transitions in 21st Century Nigeria: 2023 and Beyond”, Mr Obi said Nigeria has the three biggest characteristics of a failed state.

Obi said, “Nigeria has qualified to be a failed state. We have the two or three biggest characteristics of a failed state. One is when you are no longer in charge of your territory.

“Today, we are among the top terrorised countries in the world; we are among the top kidnapping countries in the world. Banditry has taken over part of the country and Nigerians are being killed.”

Mr Obi noted that Nigeria is currently in a bad state as a result of the effects of bad leadership.

“Nigeria is in a mess. We got here simply because of the accumulative effects of bad leadership. The coming election is not about tribe or religion but about character and competence. We need a bold transition from a highly insecure state to a highly secured state,” he said.

Speaking further, he said “Out of 200 million Nigerians, 60% is supposed to be working. It should be 120 million Nigerians working, but today, Nigerians that are working are under 60 million.

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“We are in a physical mess, total physical mess because of all this. Between January this year and April, the total revenue of the federal government of Nigeria is N1,630,000,000, 000 but expenditure is N4,720,000,000,000. If you minus this, we have a deficit of N3,100,000,000,000.”

“How did we come here? It is the effect of leadership failure over the years. What are we going to do to come out of this?

“You need to have visionary, articulated, competent leadership.

“The elections we are going to have next year will not be about tribe nor religion, not connections, not entitlements, it must be elections about character, competence, capacity and solutions to deliver.” Mr Obi added.

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