Peter Obi extends his warm wishes to the Muslim community on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, encouraging them to supplicate to Allah for the deliverance of Nigerians from economic difficulties.
Mr. Obi, a participant in the presidential election held on February 25, has frequently criticized the poverty level in Nigeria, accusing consecutive administrations of insufficient efforts to combat corruption and uplift millions of impoverished citizens.
According to Mr. Obi, “Eid-el-Kabir provides ample opportunities to express gratitude to our Creator, whose boundless mercy and grace are bestowed upon us even when we are undeserving. Nigerian Muslims should seize this sacred period of Eid-el-Kabir to implore Allah for swift intervention in Nigeria’s deplorable state.”
The former Anambra governor, the presidential candidate for the Labour Party in 2023, conveyed this message in a tweet posted on his official Twitter account on Tuesday. Additionally, he implored Nigerians to embrace the principles that unite and foster love among all citizens, urging them to renounce any divisive tendencies permanently.
Mr. Obi’s statement comes when Nigerian Muslims lament the soaring inflation rates. At the same time, the World Bank reports that “the significant inflation from December 2022 to April 2023 has resulted in an additional four million Nigerians slipping into poverty.”
Peoples Gazette has reported that civil servants in Oyo state have identified exorbitant prices of rams and petrol as barriers hindering their celebration of Eid-el-Kabir. Conversely, President Bola Tinubu, in his message for Eid-el-Kabir, assures the nation that he is tirelessly working to resolve the economic crises that plague Africa’s most populous country.
Having assumed office on May 29, 2023, President Tinubu swiftly eliminated the fuel subsidy, leading to a sharp increase in petrol prices from N195 to N540. However, the President did not mention any plans to mitigate the adverse effects of this decision on the Nigerian populace.
In early June, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) reported that Nigeria’s annual inflation rate surged to 22.41 percent, primarily driven by escalating food prices.