The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi, has revealed that the Nigerian Government is giving national awards to those who “stole the country dry”.
Speaking on Saturday in a graduation ceremony at Pace Setters Academy in Abuja, Peter Obi stated that while the country is busy awarding looters, it is failing to recognise the roles played by teachers in moulding the “leaders of the tomorrow.” adding that the government have low understanding of the importance of education.
His words read in part, “Education is the most important thing any nation needs. It is the foundation of development. If you don’t have an educated citizenry, you can’t have a healthy society. You can’t pull people out of poverty without education. This is because the more people you ensure get education, the more they would be able to pull themselves out of poverty.
“We can’t have 20 million out-of-school children and start to talk about development tomorrow. That is why we need to invest in education. During our campaigns, we said we will invest in public schools and private schools. We talked about having a budget for every child in a way that the budget for each child will be paid to their respective schools, whether private or public.”
Peter Obi continued by saying in his term as the governor of Anambra State, he didn’t have private school because there is no private child in Nigeria – while reinstating that he equipped schools with computers and other necessary facilities. And if he had his way, education will have the highest budget and teachers will be celebrated because “They are the ones moulding the children,” he said.
While referencing a teacher, Akeem Badaru, from St Michaels School, Ogun State – for winning the Cambridge best teacher award globally, Obi said, “Many Nigerians did not know. We are busy giving national awards to those who stole the country dry.”