Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, expressed concern that Nigeria’s international standing is compromised due to the behavior of its current leaders.
During a Twitter space session hosted by Parallel Fact, Mr. Obi highlighted how Nigerians face disrespect in other countries, attributing it to the conduct of those in charge of the nation. He emphasized that politicians have collectively failed the country.
Mr. Obi cited the recent incident where independent journalist David Hundeyin was denied entry into Zimbabwe, and he faced disrespect in another country purely because of his Nigerian nationality.
To regain respect abroad, Mr. Obi stressed the need for political leaders to prioritize good governance and treat citizens respectfully.
He pointed out that Nigeria’s passport could carry greater prestige, but it demands decisive actions to rectify the current situation. Respect must be earned, starting with organizing the nation’s affairs.
Although Mr. Obi didn’t specifically name any politician, his remarks coincide with ongoing controversy surrounding President Bola Tinubu’s alleged involvement in a drug trafficking case in the U.S. during the 1990s.
Opposition candidates Atiku Abubakar and Mr. Obi previously mentioned Mr. Tinubu’s supposed connection to the drug trafficking racket in their petitions before the presidential election tribunal.
Mr. Tinubu reportedly forfeited $460,000 linked to a drug trafficking case to U.S. authorities 1993. Documents from the Northern District Court of Illinois in 2022 further detail Mr. Tinubu’s legal battles concerning drug-related and money laundering charges from 1993.