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25 Jan 2017

'Nigeria is a Knocked Vehicle, No Point Changing the Driver' - Peter Obi

Peter Obi, former governor of
Anambra state has said Nigeria is
a knocked vehicle and that the it is not necessary to change the
driver,instead the engine should be on fixed.

TheCable. Obi also said 2017 may not be
better than 2016, if the
country continues addressing
the current economic
situation, the same way it
would address a robust economy.

"For me, I dont think (the
economy will be better in
2017) because I have not seen
the attention that is required
for the situation we find
ourselves," Obi told CNBC Africa.

"Where we are now is like
having a car with which has
an engine knock, and we are
still busy talking about
changing the driver. There is
no engine in place; even if you bring in the best driver in the
world, he is not going to move
the car.

"We need to talk about how
do we fix the engine of this
vehicle, and that engine is the
economy. Until we fix it, then
we can talk about the driver,
whether there is a good driver or bad driver."

He called on leaders in the
country to bury their political
divides and deal with the
country's crisis as a survival
strategy. "Considering where we are,
we need to have in all these
sectors, crisis manager to deal
with the situation, We need
to pull everybody together, its
no longer a party matter, it is no longer a political matter, it
is a survival matter.

"It's not time to trade blames,
it's not time to trade blames,
its not time to dwell in
yesterday. If you look at our
headlines in our newspapers,
the quality of discourse is low, we are still chasing shadows. He said
the economy and the
security of Nigerians should
be at the top of national
discourse. Obi added that Nigeria is a
country that would double her
population in 30 years, and
nobody is thinking of how to
prepare for tomorrow.

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