Peter Obi: Nothing more threatening to life than living in Nigeria

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Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra state, says living in Nigeria is the biggest threat to one’s .

Obi said this while responding to questions during an interview with ThisDay.

Asked if he has had a near-death experience, Obi said: “What is more threatening to someone than living in Nigeria? We live under constant threats here.”

Speaking on his journey in business, Obi said business came to him naturally because he was born into it. He said both of his parents were both business people.

He said he was born with a silver spoon but the civil war and the death of his father when he was six years , “took both the silver and the spoon”.

“There was a silver spoon when father was alive and doing well but the civil war came and took both the silver and the spoon – leaving mother and toiling to meet our needs. One of the good things the war did not take away was the roof over our heads. mother – a wonderful woman she was – struggled to see and guided along the path of growth; a strong influence which I have imparted to children,” he said.

Commenting on his relationship with women, Obi said he relates with the female gender as friends and partners.

He said he does not agree women throw themselves at men, rather it is men take advantage of relationship with women.

“I believe one of the major problems of this country is not allowing women to take rightful place and not investing enough in them,” he said.

“As Governor, my administration accorded them a decent place – in the civil service, political appointments, education, health and other human services. Among others, at a time, my Chief of Staff was a woman.

“I do not believe women throw themselves at anybody; it is the men take advantage of them. Women are wonderful people and we should not exploit them.

“Young women come to me every day with one problem or the other; and God forbid I should exploit them.”

The vice-presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 said that he is allergic to wasting money.

Describing the type of he had, Obi said he did the traditional in Nigeria and had the church in London with less than 50 guests.

“I have always told you, in my , I have an allergy to money being wrongly spent. I undertook the traditional quietly and later had the Church in London with 35-40 guests at the reception. We agreed that it was mainly about two of and no amount of Champagne would better husband and wife?

“When I see Nigerians own houses in New York, Abuja, Lagos, Johannesburg, London, France, here and there – some of which they rarely occupy – I wonder what they hope to do with all of them. What are you going to do with them? I have a in Onitsha and was urged to have one in the village, I simply responded ‘No’, because it is 10-minute drive Onitsha to my village. If my presence in the village is required, I will be there in time.”

He said that however, unlike him, “my wife enjoys a lot”.