Why do Nigerians want Peter Obi?

Hope and trust are the two main forces that drive a progressive society. Therefore, leadership must constantly encourage followers to have HOPE, which will drive them to place TRUST in the leadership. Politics fails when there is a lack of either HOPE or TRUST. This is the situation in Nigeria right now, which has led to protests, an increase in crime, migration away from the country due to frustration, etc. It is from this dire nadir that the desire for Peter Obi rose.

The Labour Party’s (LP) nominee for president in the 2023 election, Peter Obi, could not have stated it more eloquently when he declared that the election in 2023 is about who the electorate can TRUST. And trust does not simply come from a leader or aspirant to leadership telling the public to have faith in them. The foundation of a leader’s credibility is their track record of morality, ability, and dedication to serving others without consideration for personal gain. Those are the boxes that Peter Obi has ticked in the hearts of Nigerians. Mr Obi has succinctly said that while there is a Nigeria, there have for a long time not been Nigerians. Nigerians have not enjoyed Nigeria. This is a very relatable point. The burning desire by Nigerians to see a turnaround in the country underscores the reason why Nigerians are flocking to Peter Obi and the Labour Party.

In order to give Nigerians a fresh lease on life, it is urgently anticipated that a new dawn will quickly appear there. People are tired of things as they are. Any political program with the potential to bring about the desired revival becomes the centre of attention.

As it were, selfish and greedy politicians have caused immense misery, agony, and suffering for Nigerians. The economic and political system is in ruins. In Nigeria, long-suffering is the norm as citizens struggle under oppression. Understandably, the virtue of patience has been overused to the point of exhaustion.

It is pretty much a fact of the Nigerian existence that Nigerians have been denied the good things in life since independence while the nation has been raped and debased. On October 1, 1960, the yearning for a prosperous nation began. That wish did not come true. Less than six years after gaining independence, the nation was engulfed in a brutal fratricidal civil war that shattered the political and economic trajectory and lost more than a million lives.

The military gained control of the government after the war ended in January 1970, but Nigerians kept hoping for a prosperous and functional nation. Between October 1979 to December 1983, there was a disappointing civilian interregnum. The civilians brought back the military by acting out corruption and poor leadership.