Igbo Group Criticizes Obi for Criticizing Tinubu in CSU Certificate Matter

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admin October 12, 2023
Updated 2023/10/12 at 7:33 AM

The Omalegwuoku Progressive Initiative (OPI), an Igbo socio-political group, has criticized presidential candidate Peter Obi for his comments regarding President Bola Tinubu’s educational qualifications.

The group condemned Obi’s remarks as a national insult to all Nigerians who voted for Tinubu in the last presidential election.

In response, the Global president of the OPI, Ginika Tor, pointed out the irony of Obi asking Tinubu, who served as the governor of Lagos State for eight years, to disclose his state of origin.

She expressed her frustration, stating, “I had already prepared my speech when I suddenly heard Peter Obi, whom I highly respect and who is also the presidential candidate of the Labour party, saying on ARISE TV that our president, who holds the highest position in the country, should disclose his state of origin.

“So, after serving as a governor for eight years, we still don’t know his state? Is it necessary for him to reveal his educational background? This is a disrespect to Nigeria as a nation.

It is wrong to demand that our president, who was elected, confirmed, and validated, stand before anyone and state his state, country, region, or locality. What we need from the president now is for him to lead us towards our desired progress.”

The group expressed their disappointment with Obi’s comment, as they regarded him highly and considered him a brother who was there for them.

Ginika Tor, who is also a commissioner with the Federal Character Commission (FCC), urged caution and advised all Igbos not to be swayed by a recent press interview granted by their brother, Obi. Tor emphasized that while it may not be Obi’s turn to be President now, his actions and decisions at present will have an impact on his future chances. Tor also reminded Obi of the many global issues that should be a concern to him instead of focusing solely on the presidency.

Furthermore, Tor criticized Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming 2023 elections. Tor stated that Abubakar is still suffering from the aftermath of his defeat in the previous presidential contest and is displaying symptoms of a near-presidency syndrome.

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