Oshiomhole mocks Peter Obi; says he couldn't fix insecurity in Anambra State

A former sacked National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has teased the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, over the interview he granted CNN.

Oshiomhole said Mr Obi could not fix Nigerian insecurity if he couldn't fix the same when he was the governor of Anambra State for eight years.

The former APC Chairman said this on Sunday in Abuja during a summit organized by the APC for progressive young leaders.

Mr. Obi said during an interview on BBC that if he is elected, he will fix Nigeria's insecurity and economic challenges while warning that Nigeria is on the verge of collapsing.

Adams Oshiomhole
Adams Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole said, "For those of you who are social media warriors, there are issues here that you need to speak to. Go to Google and look at the first six months of governor Obaino's administration in Anambra state," he said.

"What you will find on YouTube is governor Obaino using bulldozers to demolish the houses of kidnappers and those who were involved in what they called Bakassi boys or even girls.

"Who was the governor when Bakassi developed in Anambra, and who solved the problem? So, if a man couldn't fix a security challenge in his own state which requires courage, how can he convince that he would fix the security challenges all over Nigeria?

"Don't take it from me. Go to YouTube and find out about the first six months of governor Obaino and find out who his predecessor was.

"If the [predecessor] had solved the problem, would Obaino be using bulldozers to demolish people's houses, houses of kidnappers, and Bakassi boys?

"So, when they say 'I will fix Nigeria', did you fix your state?"

Peter Obi was the governor of Anambra state until March 2014, when he handed power to Willie Obiano.

Bakassi boys was a vigilante group formed in the South-east of Nigeria in 1998 to assist the police fight insecurity.

They were armed with a machete, guns, and other weapons to fight robbers, ritualists, and others.

However, in 2002, the boys were disbanded after the Nigerian government made a decision to prohibit vigilante groups.

Some state governors continued to support the group by providing them with weapons, cars, and offices. In 2006, a law was passed in Abia state to recognize their activities against federal government prohibition.

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