Obi decries rising poverty, says it’s threat to national growth
Former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi has decried the rising spate of poverty in the country, saying that no country can prosper with such a rising large population of very poor persons as is the case in Nigeria.
Mr. Obi stated this in a statement against the backdrop of Pope’s prayers to mark the World Day of the Poor on Monday.
The 2019 Vice Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party [PDP] said that the growing poverty rate in Nigeria should worry every concerned leader.
This, according to him, is because there couldn’t be national growth under this situation, noting that poverty anywhere remains a threat to national growth.
Obi explained how important it is for governments, organizations and wealthy individuals around the world to devote more energy and resources to eradicating poverty.
He urged those in positions of authority to create a better world for all to live and thrive in, especially Nigeria that has the highest number of people living below poverty level.
“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,” he said.
Obi noted that Nigeria has over 90 million people living in poverty with over 15 million out-of-school children roaming the streets.
He said that the government could not continue to turn a blind eye to such depressing situation.
He advised governments in Nigeria to sincerely and aggressively invest in the key areas of economic growth.
This, he said, will enable them lift people out of poverty in no distant time.
In his words, investment in education and health, and support for small businesses, remain the pivotal ways of eradicating poverty in any nation.
“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,” he concluded.