We Will Emerge Stronger If We Put Our Differences Aside – Peter Obi To Party Members

Former presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general election, Peter Obi has urged members of the party to put away their differences and work together in harmony.

The former Anambra governor made the call via his X account on Friday.

He stated that the party would emerge stronger if they were more united.

He stressed the need to move forward with a shared sense of purpose and vision.

Obi expressed confidence that the party would overcome the current crisis through open communication, empathy, and willingness to listen.

According to him, “We will successfully resolve our differences and emerge stronger and more united than ever. Our strength lies in greater unity for our common national good.

“I reiterate my earlier appeal for us to put aside our differences and work together in a spirit of harmony and mutual understanding.

CBN Interest Rate: Dangote’s Outcry Has Validated My Concerns – Peter Obi

Meanwhile, Peter Obi has stated that the recent outburst of billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote has vindicated his earlier concerns about the negative effects of the monetary policy of the Federal Government.

Recall that Dangote had condemned the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) recent interest rate hike, which has approached nearly 30 percent.

He insisted that it is impossible for growth to happen with a 30 percent interest rate.

Weighing in on the matter, Obi argued that the country must urgently reverse the ugly trend.

He stated this via his X handle on Thursday.

The former Anambra State governor asserted that the development would hinder Nigeria’s movement from consumption to production, adding that it would also lead to further job loss.

Obi’s words, “Africa’s foremost entrepreneur and respected Nigerian businessman, Aliko Dangote’s recent outcry against the current interest rate of 30% underscores my earlier cry in February on the negative effects of the monetary policy of the present Federal Government.

“According to Dangote, no jobs will be created with such a high interest rate because there will be no growth in the economy. This has been my consistent position over time.

“In February this year, I argued against the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee to increase the MPR to 22.5% and the CRR to 45%, which, in my opinion, would further worsen the economic situation, as the increases would push interest rates on loans to above 30%, making it very difficult for manufacturers and MSMEs to borrow and repay.

“If Dangote, the richest person in Africa and foremost industrialist, can complain, then imagine the negative impacts of these policies on MSMEs, who are the engine of economic growth.

“To further understand the harsh economic environment that this monetary policy has exacerbated, the recent report from the Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (MAN) stated: ‘In 2023, 767 companies were shut down and 335 became distressed.

“The capacity utilization in the sector has declined to 56%; the interest rate is effectively above 30%; foreign exchange to import raw materials and production machines is scarce; inventory of unsold finished products has increased to N350 billion; and the real growth rate has dropped to 2.4%.

“These harsh economic policies, both on the monetary and fiscal sides, have continued to slow down our economic growth, drive multinationals out of the country, stifle our small businesses, and discourage the inflow of foreign direct investment.

“Again, I maintain that we must urgently reverse this ugly trend which is seriously resulting in further job losses, discouraging production in our nation, and has continued to hinder our movement from consumption to production.

“We need to reverse course and only initiate policies that can lead to growth and the birth of a new Nigeria.

“A New Nigeria is Possible.”

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