The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has said that Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi's CNN interview shows that he is unprepared to lead the country if elected president in 2023.
Speaking in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju, the group stated that Obi's recent chat with the aforementioned cable network seemed like he was reading from President Muhammadu Buhari's handbook.
According to Akiniju, the former Anambra State Governor showed via the interview that he is not in tune with the country he wants to govern.
“Like many Nigerians, we listened to the twice-postponed pre-recorded CNN interview, and we were stunned that a man that had been pontificating about Nigeria’s problems lacks originality when it comes to proferring solution.
“We first noticed this from Obi’s response to a question on how he would restart the economy which seemed like he was reading from President Buhari’s workbook.
“The Labour Party candidate spoke about ensuring that Nigerians return to agriculture, pulling millions out of poverty and cutting the cost of governance, which incidentally are part of what the Buhari administration, which he delights in maligning, is doing right now.
“We make bold to say that the massive investment by the present administration in the agriculture sector through various initiatives is a major reason recent setbacks in the oil sector have not had much effect on Nigeria’s GDP.
“Today, we are Africa’s largest rice producer and also regularly making waves in wheat and maize production, amongst others, on the global stage as a result of some creative funding through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“So we would have expected Obi to provide some insights, no matter how brief, into what he would have done differently rather than give his interviewer the impression that he was coming to fill a void in agriculture.
“As for poverty alleviation, Peter Obi was a member of the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that literally pushed 112 million people into the poverty cliff in 2012, which was also a period the country made so much from oil revenue but did little in terms of critical infrastructure.
"He is promising and did nothing to put a concrete social welfare scheme on the ground.
“It was not until 2016, on Buhari’s watch, that Nigeria had its first ever efficient social safety net, the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) which has four initiatives targeted at different categories of people.
“The programme is now in the process of being institutionalized as part of efforts to take 100m Nigerians out of poverty by 2030, but it would be interesting to know what Obi would do differently beyond sheer sloganeering”, the statement reads.