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The Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Rt. Rev. Ndubuisi Obi has said the level of corruption has become endemic under the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari’s (retd.) watch.
Obi expressed disappointment that, contrary to expectations, the Buhari administration has unarguably become the most corrupt ever witnessed in the history of Nigeria.
The cleric made these remarks in his address during the synod of the diocese, which was made available to journalists in a communique on Tuesday.
He said, “From the NNPC to the political parties down to the institutions, establishments, and all the parastatals of the Federal Government, corruption is the order of the day.
“Corruption is why our universities have been shut down for several months. Corruption is why petrol, gas, and kerosene prices keep skyrocketing. Corruption is why the naira is one of the weakest currencies in Africa, if not in the world today.
“Corruption is the reason why credible candidates don’t emerge from political parties, but only candidates with the highest bidder. This is a shame.”
He described the 2023 general elections as a litmus test for Nigeria, which, according to him, will decide the destiny of the country.
He pointed out that Nigerians have been offered many presidential aspirants, but three stand out: Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, and Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress.
He said, “Nigeria and Nigerians are at a crossroads. The 2023 election may be a litmus test for the country and will to a larger extent decide the prophetic destiny of the country. Nigerians are offered many presidential aspirants, but three among them that stand out are Peter Obi of the LP, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, and Bola Tinubu of the APC.
“Many political analysts believe that all of them are better than Buhari’s government, but it is our candid opinion that if Nigeria must attain its glory, only one of the candidates has the capacity, potential, right mental attitude, and disposition to take this country there.
“If Nigerians misfire and hire any of the other two, then, unfortunately, the status quo will be maintained and the fulfilment of the path of growth will be deferred, and this will no doubt be very unfortunate.”
“Nigerians should vote wisely because only the best can usher us into a country of righteousness and godliness.
“Ethnicity and religion should not determine the basis of our voting pattern, rather, competence, capacity, economic intelligence, and exposure should be the determinant factors of our voting preferences. The truth is that hunger, bad roads, poor infrastructure, and a lack of health facilities do not understand ethnicity and religion.”