In this preface to “our Pact With Nigeria” manifesto, Gov Peter Obi and Sen Datti Baba-Ahmed outline their vision of the future if elected to the presidency of Nigeria.
Our vision is a secure, united and prosperous Nigeria that works for everyone and that realizes the hope of black people of the world as a city on the hill. We will run a government of national unity, bringing together for the task at hand, all competent, honest, and diligent Nigerians, irrespective of their political affiliations. The new Nigeria we build will be truly “one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity” where “peace and justice shall reign.”
By Peter Obi and YD Baba-Ahmed
For long, the dream of a secure, united and prosperous Nigeria has been betrayed by those who lack the character and competence to achieve the dream. Now, a new generation of Nigerian leadership has emerged, tested and tried, honest and dedicated, united in a common mission to reverse the current ugly trend of endemic poverty, insecurity, and create a better future for every Nigerian, a future defined by widespread prosperity based on high economic growth, equal access to health and educational facilities, and justice and fairness to all religious, ethnic, and social groups.
The new Nigeria that we will build is a society where political power will no longer be used to serve the interest of the ruling class and subject the people to chronic poverty and deprivation. We will build a new social order where political leaders will be PUBLIC SERVANTS working for the good of the people and not predators, flourishing in the midst of extreme poverty and misery.
We are building a society where citizens are motivated to work hard, to innovate, to invent, fully assured that they will enjoy the fruits of their enterprise.
We want to create wealth for Nigeria and for every household through diligence, frugality and enterprise. Our new Nigeria is a country all Nigerians will be proud to call home because it is an economic giant that can feed its citizens, defend them from any aggression and secure them in their homes and businesses.
We are coming to run an entrepreneurial state able to double Nigeria’s GDP in a short time and abolish extreme poverty like China that removed 740m from poverty through economic policy that emphasized social market.
Our focus is to ensure that wealth is created through sectors that improve the wellbeing of all Nigerian citizens.
Our theory of change is DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP. Therefore, we will prioritize economic and social rights under Chapter 2 of the Constitution and implement these rights through social programs and projects that empower the people and mainstream the poor first in access to critical services.
To ensure poverty reduction, based on fast economic growth, our governance principles, priority projects and programmes will be anchored on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Our Pact with Nigeria
Securing and uniting Nigeria and growing her economy requires steady and trusted hands. It is a full-time employment on behalf of Nigerian people. It is not time for rent-seeking or absenteeism. It is time to pull the sleeves, bend down and lift the weight off the shoulders of Nigerians.
I, Peter Gregory Onwubuasi Obi and my running mate, Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, promise you that we will be the leaders you can trust to be honest, diligent, and ever-present to work for you. This is our promise to you: we will work for you with ‘pure hearts and skillful hands”.
Our pact with Nigeria by Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed