2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, strongly criticized the proposed 114% increase in salaries for elected political office-holders in Nigeria. In a series of tweets, Obi expressed his disapproval, citing the current economic hardships faced by ordinary Nigerians, with a significant portion of the population living in poverty. He argued that Nigerian leaders should prioritize reducing the cost of governance and uplifting citizens out of poverty instead of pursuing such salary hikes.
According to reports, the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) denied the approval of the salary increase, stating that it was still a proposal under consideration. However, Peter Obi voiced his concerns, stating that this was not the appropriate time for such an increment, given the challenging economic realities faced by Nigerians. He emphasized the need for leaders to focus on reducing the cost of governance and addressing the plight of the citizens, particularly those living in poverty.
Obi further highlighted the recent government reforms that have significantly increased living costs, making it even more crucial to alleviate the suffering of the Nigerian population. He called for creative approaches to lift the majority out of poverty, emphasizing that leaders should prioritize the needs of the masses and those in lower socioeconomic strata. Quoting Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Obi urged leaders to consider the well-being of the people before their own interests.
In conclusion, Peter Obi emphasized the need for leaders to make sacrifices during these challenging times. He urged an immediate reversal of the proposed salary increment, suggesting that the savings be redirected towards crucial sectors like education, healthcare, and poverty alleviation, especially in remote rural areas.