A former presidential aide to Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, has said the campaign mantra of moving Nigeria from a ‘consumption’ to ‘production’ economy by the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, (LP), Peter Obi, can be likened to Satan speaking against sin.
Irked with his campaign against consumption, Omokri, in a series of tweets made on his personal Twitter account, argued that Obi was the ‘greatest contributor to consumption in Nigeria’, noting that importers are among those killing the Naira.
Obi has always spoken about the need to change Nigeria’s economic strategy by adopting a production-based economy. However, condemning the campaign by the LP presidential candidate, Omokri submitted that importers are among the key people killing Nigeria’s naira. According to Omokri, every time Peter Obi imports goods as a trader, the naira is weakened against key currencies in the international market.
He added: “Enter any major supermarket in Nigeria. At least 15% of what you will see was imported into Nigeria by you, Peter. Not manufactured; IMPORTED! I have the data from my contacts in the Central Bank of Nigeria. If I am lying, I challenge you, Peter, to sue me. And you are the fellow who wants to move Nigeria from consumption to production? Really?
“Peter, you own ‘Next Cash & Carry’; Go there. From the beginning of the shop to the end, almost everything is imported. And you are the man criss-crossing Nigeria telling gullible OBIdients that you will move Nigeria from consumption to production? Buhari promise!
“Peter, you are just a trader; pure and simple. The only thing that differentiates you from a Wuse Market trader is volume. You import products on a massive scale for resale in Nigeria. It is hypocritical for Nigeria’s greatest consumer to campaign on production!
He further said: “Peter Obi, one the biggest importers of foreign goods for resale in Nigeria, is promising to move Nigeria from consumption to production. While Tinubu, who can’t solve the mystery of his own real identity, is promising to solve Nigeria’s problems!
“And Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who built a school in Niger Republic with Nigerian government money (Kano State funds) at a time while ASUU was on strike, is promising to resolve the current ASUU strike. My people, no be juju be that?”