The former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, has called on all Nigerians, especially those in the corridors of power, to stop exhibiting behaviours like that of Emperor Nero, whom he said history told us was fiddling while Rome was burning.
Peter Obi spoke yesterday at the centenary celebration of Christ the King Parish, Aba and the 57th annual Diocesan Synod of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Umuahia.
Speaking further, he said that with the state of Nigeria today, the debt of 70 billion Dollars which had been piling up for over 10 years have been completely the written off.
He also stated that due to the fact that Nigeria had about 10 million children who don’t go to school, she is invariably breeding future disillusioned citizens that would turn out as militants, kidnappers or members of the Boko Haram sect in future.
Obi also pointed out the sad reality that while things were becoming increasingly difficult in the country, those in authority, who are totally alienated from the people, keep increasing the cost of governance rather than reducing it.
Obi who also advised the Church to stop honouring those that manifestly contributed to the problems in the country, submitted that a country bedeviled by such hiccups should be at work on how to repair the damage rather than be dancing.
Obi who spoke amidst applause, advised Ministers of God to call those in authority doing badly and correct them after which, failing to heed the advise, they should admonish them from the pulpit. He said all hands must be in deck in the business of retrieving the country from those that have hijacked it.
In his speech, the Methodist Archbishop of Umuahia, His Grace, Dr. Raphael Opoko, who said he was instrumental to how Obi re-built Onitsha when he was there as Bishop, said that Nigerians need a crop of leaders like Obi to carry out reconstructive surgery on the country and make her healthy again.