Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says 98 million people are living under poverty in Nigeria.
Obi, a former vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this when he featured on a Channels TV programme on Sunday.
He said Nigeria has never experienced extreme level of insecurity as it is experiencing today.
According to Obi, before President Muhammadu Buhari came to power in 2015, things were this bad.
When he was asked, “is this perhaps the worst situation we have seen in the country”, he said: “I have said so, yes, considering where we are today.”
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“We (the opposition) are not the only ones protesting (the insecurity), even the churches are,” he said, adding: “So it has come to a critical stage where every Nigerian knows we are living in whatever you can describe it as.
“And if you go globally, from all indices of measurement of security, we have fallen below the scale.”
He said a major reason why Buhari was elected into office was that he said his administration “will solve all the security problems, but we’ve gotten worse”.
“In terrorism now, we are just after Afghanistan and Syria. We have never gone that low. We have an upsurge in all forms of criminality, whether it is kidnapping, robberies and all sorts of crime. How do you tackle it? Economy,” he added.
“If you have 98 million people living under poverty, the consequent could be several millions who don’t know where the next meal will come from will be criminals.
“Changing the IG of police will not solve that problem. That is why we need to look at the economy. The economy of the country is turning south and collapsing and more people are being pushed into unemployment situations.”