The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, says he is heading to Atlanta, United States, after a lively engagement with some Nigerians in Washington D.C.
The former Anambra governor, whose popularity rating has almost hit rooftop since declaring his presidential ambition a few months ago, made this known in a post on his official social media pages on Friday.
He said : “The Washington, D.C. outing was very constructive, and the conversations animated. I’m now off to Atlanta. I also look forward to an engaging conversation in NYC this weekend on Afro Economics and Government Policy with Columbia’s Africa Business.”
PlatinumPost reports that Obi had during his engagement with Nigerians in Washingtons, challenged them to help in ensuring the country overcome its current economic woes.
He said :” With $20 billion in remittances in 2021, Nigeria ranks 6th behind the top five recipient countries; namely; India Mexico, China, the Philippines, Egypt, and Bangladesh.
” Expert assessments indicate that with proper policy and planning, we can leapfrog to about $60b in remittances annually. That will translate to about 14% of our total GDP….
” In 2021 Nigeria’s foreign direct investment (FDI) was $4.8 billion. Therefore, I see Diaspora remittances as the new normal and becoming Nigeria’s Official Development Assistance (ODA); some kind of foreign loan-without interest…
“It is our shared common value to build a democratic, just and egalitarian Nigeria that has brought us all together today. Membership, they say, has its privileges. Thus, Nigeria’s Diaspora has a continuing role and responsibility toward nation-building and national development,” Obi said.