Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the recently concluded election, has voiced his disapproval of the proposed 114% salary increase for elected officials and public office holders in Nigeria.
He reprimanded the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) for endorsing such an insensitive raise. Obi expressed disappointment in politicians, including President Bola Tinubu and his Vice, for allowing this decision to proceed.
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Obi highlighted the inappropriateness of the salary increment, given the current economic situation and the citizens’ hardships.
He emphasized the need for leaders to prioritize reducing the cost of governance and alleviating the people’s suffering.
Obi stated that there are better times for a salary increase, especially considering that many Nigerians are grappling with harsh economic realities and an increasing number live in poverty.
With recent government reforms causing a significant rise in living costs, he believed leaders should focus on finding creative solutions to lift the majority out of poverty.
Quoting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, he urged leaders to prioritize the needs of the masses and those in lower socio-economic strata rather than their interests. He stressed the importance of serving the people before serving oneself.