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“We’re Spending $15 Million On VP’s Residence While US Still Houses Their VP At No. 1 Observatory Circle” – Peter Obi Lament



Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party in 2023, has taken aim at the government over intentions to purchase extra planes for the President and Vice President. Peter Obi bemoaned the timing of this initiative in a statement he posted on X on Monday.

He noted that Nigeria is currently experiencing a severe economic crisis characterized by high inflation, pervasive poverty, and a depreciating currency. Recall that the House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence had suggested a few days prior that the President and Vice President should each have a new aircraft.

The Committee concluded that purchasing the two planes would be economical and would give the President and Vice President a more secure and appropriate means of transportation, per The Cable’s report. Peter Obi responded to that by saying that the action demonstrates that the administration is indifferent to the plight of the general populace.

He called for compassion in the management of the nation’s resources and declared that the plan was unacceptable. He stated that the average age of the presidential jets is 12 years and that the planes were bought when the public could afford their necessities. He also stated that the current state of affairs puts a bigger need on the general populace.

He suggested that the government should focus on reducing the general public’s poverty rather than increasing their pleasures. He claimed that whereas the United States, with the biggest GDP, still houses its vice president in a home built more than a century ago, Nigeria is investing fifteen million dollars in its vice president’s residence.

“Rather than adding to our comforts, we should be focused on reducing their pain and finding answers to their difficulties,” he said in part of his message. Our nation is currently heading south because, for a long time, our poor leadership has caused our priorities as leaders to be at odds with the demands of society.

To further clarify, the US, the largest economy in the world with a GDP of $23 trillion, roughly 100 times ours, and a per capita income of $80,000, roughly 80 times ours, still houses its Vice President in Number 1 Observatory Circle, a house built over a century ago, whose value is obviously less than the $15 million we are spending on our VP’s residence, despite falling to the fourth-largest economy in Africa with a GDP of $252 billion and a per capita income of $1,080, with huge debt burdens and borrowing to service debts …..Discover

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