Why I Chose To Save Money For Anambra State– Peter Obi
Former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi has stated the reason he chose to save money for the state during his time in office.
You may recall that during the latter months of his governorship in Anambra State, Obi declared that he would be leaving N75 billion to his successor, Chief Willie Obiano.
The ex-governors comment is on the back of the current governors remark that the government’s coffers contained barely N300 million, despite a debt of over N100 billion.
In a press release issued by his media aide, Mr Valentine Obienyem, Obi highlighted the reason for his significant savings for the state.
He said: “Often some people who are not experts in finance and statecraft question the rationale behind savings which Obi embarked on out of mischief, display of continued opposition, hatred or pure ignorance.
“I often express surprise at their viewpoints, because even among animals, we see the practice of saving for tomorrow out of today’s surplus. However, among the human family, we need not save only when there is surplus.
“If, for example, one plans to buy a car next year, would one not start saving money for that? Savings is about planning and, as Obi always said, “If you do not plan, you have planned to fail.”
“As for those in the habit of arguing against what they do not understand, I hope you will commend the debt burden that will weigh Anambra down as revealed by Prof. Charles Soludo. May I present to you the rationale behind Obi’s savings in the State as he himself explained.
“Unfortunately, we live in a system where people do not think about tomorrow and do not plan for future generations but would prefer to obliterate accumulated income and put the state in debt before exiting the office.
“These are the reasons he is qualified for leadership at any level. In fact, we need such a man for Nigeria to re-discover herself.”
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