Presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi has called on Nigerians to take back the country, claiming the nation’s political space has been taken over by those he described as “lunatics”.
He said this on Sunday at the ‘Men of Valour’ conference, organised by the Revival House of International Church (RHOGIC), Abuja.
The conference had the theme ‘Navigating the Corridors of Power, the Church, and the Politics’.
Obi, who described Nigeria’s political space as an “asylum”, said Nigerians cannot allow the current status quo to continue.
Speaking at the event, Obi says he believes many of those in the political space do not have business being there.
He condemned the rate of corruption and money laundering in the country saying it is sickness to embezzle the ridiculous amount of money Nigerian politicians launder.
The former Governor of Anambra state maintained that if Nigerians manage to get young people with competence and capacity into power, things will change for the better in the country.
“We can’t allow this gangsterism to continue, Nigerians should take back their country. Seventy percent of those who are in politics today should not have any reason to be there. I have said it, politics in Nigeria is a case where lunatics have taken over the asylum,” he said.
“This is the only country where the worst is leading. I was a trader and gradually entered into politics. When you take far more than you need, you are sick.
“How do you explain that one person took N80 billion? It is not greed; it is sickness. When you take N1 billion, that is greed, but when you take N80 billion, that is sickness. Mad people have taken over our politics.
“If we get young people with the competence and capacity to be there, things will change.”
On whether a third force has what it takes to challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the former Anambra governor said it is left for the people to decide.