AFRICASTALLESTMAN INTERVIEWS PETER OBI, A LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE 2023 NIGERIAN ELECTIONS

AFRICASTALLESTMAN INTERVIEWS PETER OBI, A LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FOR THE 2023 NIGERIAN ELECTIONS

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Good morning or is it good night, Okwute—Rock—the rock on which Nigeria will be rebuilt. I have never interviewed anyone at 6:00 in the morning.

PETER OBI:
Good morning Africastallestman. How can I sleep when I am thinking of all the money I can save for Nigeria?
As Governor of Anambra State, I saved N75 billion for my successor. As President of Nigeria, I’ll save N75 trillion for Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, my successor.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Are you going to turn Nigeria into a bank? Governments are not banks. The USA is the number one debtor in the world and simultaneously is the most prosperous country in the world. Running Nigeria is not running Fidelity Bank.

PETER OBI:
Africastallestman, you can run a government as a bank. The money I saved can be loaned to Niger Republic and Cameroon. The interest is subsequently used to develop Nigeria.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Why not use the money to develop Nigeria and subsequently export shoes and watches to Niger Republic and Cameroon?

PETER OBI:
Africastallestman, you are a joker. As a billionaire, I own two shoes and one watch. Therefore, I do not expect Nigeriens and Cameroonians to buy shoes and watches from Nigeria.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
That was facetious remembering you claimed to own one watch and two shoes. You can borrow to build factories and subsequently export garri, cement, plastic buckets, refined petroleum products, etc. to Niger Republic and Cameroon.

PETER OBI:
I do not believe in loans. Nigeria has to save and then pay cash for all infrastructural and industrial developments. At NEXT, it is cash and carry. I believe that Nigeria should be run as a cash and carry country.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Your Fidelity Bank gives loans, so you believe in loans. It is hypocrisy to shun loans if you become President of Nigeria when you made your riches by giving loans. Governments borrow for development and repay the loans by taxes generated by development. By the time you have saved enough to run Nigeria as NEXT, Nigeria would have become the poverty capital of the Milky Way!

PETER OBI:
Are you a journalist, an economist or both?

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Are you going to reduce the presidential automobile fleet from 100 to 5 and the presidential aircraft fleet from 7 to one?

PETER OBI:
Not only shall I reduce both fleets but I shall also be personally present when any aircraft or automobile is being fueled. The era of bogus fuel bills is over and I shall bank all the savings for Nigeria.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Are you not afraid that terrorists, Islamic or Fulani, may attack you when you are fueling your automobiles or aircraft?

PETER OBI:
The money saved is worth the risk of death.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Are you going to continue visiting big men in their residences instead of inviting them to Aso Rock? What of big women, are you going to visit them in their residences or are they going to be invited to Also Rock?

PETER OBI:
I do not intend to change the practice. It is a money saver. I do not know of any big woman in Nigeria.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Have you heard of Mrs. Alakija, the oil billionaire?

PETER OBI:
One tree does not make a forest.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Are you going to continue sleeping in cheap hotels?

PETER OBI:
Yes, as Commander-in-Chief, I can sleep in a cheap hotel in Ajegungle and have a division of the Nigerian Army guard the hotel.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Great economics, you spend N5,000.00 in a cheap Ajegunle hotel and spend N50 million on security?

PETER OBI:
Africastallestman, you are making sense, I think I’ll sleep in Lekki and cut down on the security.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
You handed schools back to Churches. Do you intend to hand Nigeria back to its owners to make Nigeria the number one country in Africa if not the world?

PETER OBI:
No comments.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
You once begged Nigerian youths to participate in politics. How can Nigerian youths participate in politics when nomination forms cost tens of millions of Naira? Are you encouraging them to steal to pay for the nomination forms?

PETER OBI:
You now see the value of saving. If I bought a new shoe and a new watch every year will I have saved enough money to buy my nomination form?

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Here you go again. You are a billionaire with one watch and two shoes but your friends had to pay for your N40 million nomination form. A Nigerian youth earning N30,000.00 a month will die before saving enough money to buy a local government nomination form.

PETER OBI:
That’s why you have friends. Their social media friends can pay for them.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
You mean their penniless social media friends. Odi egwu!
Are you going to close several embassies of Nigeria?

PETER OBI:
You are a genius. Yes, Nigeria does not need all those embassies. Nigeria will have one Ambassador Extraordinaire and Plenipotentiary each for Africa, Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and the Pacific. The money saved will be banked in the piggy bank at Also Rock.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
If French President Emmanuel Macron were to visit Nigeria, will he sleep in your bedroom in Aso Rock? Will you also borrow a limousine from Paul Biya of the Cameroon?

PETER OBI:
Yes to both and I’ll sleep at my friend’s hotel in Abuja.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Will you abolish the Security Votes and will you sack all the cooks in Aso Rock?

PETER OBI:
No, to Security Votes, yes, to sacking cooks. My wife is from Awka Ibom and she is the best cook in the world .

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
What about world conferences, will you be attending?

PETER OBI:
No, not with Zoom. I shall be zooming into conferences to save money for Nigeria.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Will you be using Tenders Boards to award contracts?

PETER OBI:
I shall do away with Tenders Board and I shall personally award and inspect all contracts awarded by The Federal Government. The era of waste in government will be over.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
I wish you success in your political career but you cannot micromanage a country as you micromanage your business. I suggest that you apply for the position of the Accountant General of Nigeria and not the President of Nigeria.

PETER OBI:
Trust me, a government is just another business.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak with you. Bye.

PETER OBI:
Bye Africastallestman, I do not give brown envelopes.

AFRICASTALLESTMAN:
And I do not accept them.

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