Peter Obi: We can’t prosper as a nation with large population of poor people/ Obi

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, says Nigeria cannot achieve its quest for meaningful development with a huge chunk of its population grappling with poverty.

Obi stated this in a statement issued through Valentine Obienyem, his spokesman, on the occasion of this year’s World Poverty Day on Monday.

The former governor said there was need for governments at all levels in the country to initiate measures aimed at changing the narrative.

Obi, a running mate to Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, Atiku Abubakar, said the development has become imperative because poverty anywhere remains a threat to national growth.

He said: “Poverty is dehumanizing, it is therefore left for humanity to create a better world by putting measures in place to eradicate poverty and give everyone the chance to live a meaningful life.

“To combat poverty in Nigeria, organizations and wealthy individuals must deploy their resources to support government investments in these critical areas.

“May we not forget the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ that ‘Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.’ We need to understand that the job of poverty eradication and ensuring a better society is for all of us.”

His comment comes amid rising poverty in the country – a development that has continued to generate concerns in several quarters.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) had in a report released in May revealed 82.9 million Nigerians are living in poverty.

This figure represents 40.09 percent of the total population and excludes Borno which has been ravaged by insurgency.