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2023 Presidency: Obi in Calabar, Ilorin, canvasses new Nigeria

Further to his consultations towards the 2023 presidential election, a former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has canvassed a new Nigeria where production, rather than sharing formula, would be the new song, insisting that there was after all, nothing to share again in Nigeria.

The former Governor said this on Friday while speaking to Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders at Calabar and Ilorin.

Obi said the problem of the country was over dependence on oil, which he described as diminishing assets, while neglecting others areas, like agriculture, which, if well harnessed, would earn more money even than oil.

Using the United States of America as an example, Obi said that California, the biggest economy in the US, exported knowledge and agricultural produce and is richer than Texas, which had oil.

On the potential of agriculture to change the fortunes of a country, Obi said he painfully observed that Norway, with a landmass that was less than half of some states in Nigeria like Niger, exports over $100 billion of agricultural produce as against less than $20 billion oil export by Nigeria annually.

Glorifying the achievements of Singapore in the area of service, Obi said the diversification of the country was a gift and that in a prosperous Nigeria, a state as Cross River, like Singapore, should do well in the service industry, thus positioning herself as the epicentre of tourism in the country.

Responding on behalf of Cross River delegates, the Chairman, Chief Venatus Ikem, thanked Obi for his visit.

Describing Obi as a movement, Ikem said he came at the right time when the youth were searching for a capable Nigerians to use as an arrowhead for them to take back their country.

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