In an impassioned plea, Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the last presidential election, expressed grave concern over the alarming level of insecurity in Nigeria.

He called for the immediate release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), as well as other freedom fighters and EndSARS protesters who are still being held.

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Speaking to journalists in Onitsha, Obi emphasized the crucial role of government in ensuring the security of its citizens. He warned that if decisive action is not taken, the country may risk becoming a failed nation.

Obi stated, “The primary work of government is the security of lives and property. It is the foundation on which people can live in any nation because no one can stay in an insecure place.”

The deteriorating security situation in Nigeria, marked by incessant killings and abductions, deeply troubles Obi. He remarked, “It is worrisome what is happening in Nigeria…which has made Nigeria one of the most insecure places on the surface of the earth.

In fact, it is leading to a failed nation.” While acknowledging the efforts made by the government, he called for a united front among leaders to combat this pressing issue.

In particular, he urged the South-East governors to collaborate closely and foster economic development in the region.

Obi also voiced his discontent with the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu, highlighting that bail has been granted by the courts.

He emphasized the importance of upholding the rule of law and urged the government to release all individuals in similar circumstances. Obi firmly asserted, “We are in a democracy and we should not be doing things that are arbitrary and not within the law.”

Regarding protests, Obi expressed his support for peaceful demonstrations conducted for valid reasons. He cautioned against violence and destruction of government assets, as it only further depletes scarce resources.

He clarified, “Peaceful protest is allowed, but it must be for a reason and not personal interest… It must be properly articulated and properly directed.”

Obi concluded by debunking rumors of plans to join a mega party to challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC). He emphasized his focus on addressing the immediate needs of the Nigerian people, particularly in terms of food security and poverty alleviation.

He stated, “I will rather talk about things that are affecting Nigerians today… How do we reduce the price of food? Our people are dying of hunger… How do we make life more conducive for the poor Nigerian?”

In this passionate appeal, Obi highlighted the urgency of addressing security concerns and safeguarding the freedom of expression in Nigeria.