By Shola Abayomi.
Former Anambra State Governor, Chief Peter Obi, has condemned the bloated and disproportionate cost of running government in Nigeria.
Obi, who was the vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 presidential election, stated that it was insane for government officials to move around in large convoys.
Speaking at the 8th Veritas University convocation in Abuja on Saturday, the ex-governor disclosed that he had used a convoy of 22 cars during his time in office until he discovered 13 of the vehicles were usually empty.
He said, “One of the greatest cures for insecurity is to get people employed. Let us shut down the cost of governance.
“You see big people going round with 15 or 20 vehicles and causing confusion all over the place and disturbing public peace and everybody with his own big title.
“If I was coming here with 20 policemen, to Nigerians, that shows I am ‘Your Excellency’. That is irresponsibility; it doesn’t happen anywhere in the world.
“There is no place in the world that I have seen where one man moves around with 22 vehicles. It is madness. I used it as a governor. You will not believe it. I used it as a governor until I asked to find out one day how many of the cars people were occupying, and about 13 of the cars were empty.”
Obi added, “So the cars were creating a nuisance for the public and making things difficult for the travelling people and in Nigeria, that shows you are powerful. You are in power.
“That’s why I said if we are going on this path, there will be a collapse. This will lead us to nowhere.”