Country That Treats Bandits Better Than Intellectuals Will Never Succeed------ Peter Obi.





Country That Treats Bandits Better Than  
 Intellectuals Will Never Succeed------ Peter Obi.

NKIRU NWAGBO, AWKA


Former governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr Peter Obi  has affairmed  that Nigeria will never be a successful country if federal government continue consider  bandits above Intellectuals for dialogue.

Speaking during the unveiling and presentation of a book; Communication and Media Studies; Mutiple Perspectives by Prof. Chinyere Okunna at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka yesterday Obi said , "Oil money used to be the major earner for Nigeria, but today the world is moving away from oil. The knowledge sector is now the industry that is earning money.

"Prof Okunna (the author) who we are celebrating today, I can tell you earns less than a political thug. Nigeria prefers to pay bandits and dialogue with them than to pay or meet with resourceful and hard-working intellectuals. 

"Nigeria will not succeed if we continue asking bandits to come to a meeting and we are not calling professors to a meeting. That is why the country is where it is today. May god help Nigeria."

Obi said he never knew the author of the book before appointing her commissioner, but he became interested in her when he saw her CV as a nominee, when he was governor. He said many people protested her appointment because they said she was not a member of the party, but he remained resolute because he needed the right team to do the job.

He admonished that, "People come to me to tell me they are taking government and they want advice of the kind of people they should give appointment, and I say to them, 'take people who can tell you the truth no matter how painful'.

"If you listen to the people who tell you the sweet things all the time, then you'll fail. If you have an exco where they do not argue and disagree with you, then you have a bunch of indiots and of course we have a lot of idiots in Nigeria. People who claim they know everything are idiots. How can we pay people who are bandits when we have not paid those who are working?" Obi asked.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof Charles Esimone said, "We're working to become 200th University in the world. I have seen the vision and it is achievable. 

"It'll takes focus, innovation and a lot of hard work to achieve that. Excellence is the thing we should be celebrating in universities, innovation, scholarship and others."

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