Former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi has praised the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) for drawing the national and global attention to the worsening security situation in Nigeria.
Obi spoke at the weekend on the side-line of an international business conference organised by Nigeria, America Business Forum (NABF) in the United States of America (U.S.A).
The former governor said the peaceful protest by the bishops showed their patriotism and concern for the challenging situation in the country.
A statement by his media office quoted the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart as saying other critical stakeholders in the country should join the clerics in uniting against insecurity in the land for necessary action.
Obi, who was the keynote speaker at the forum, said what Nigeria desperately needs is investment, especially foreign direct investment (FID), to reboot its declining economy and create jobs for the nation’s unemployed youths.
But nobody will be attracted to invest in an unsecured or lawless environment, the former governor said.
He noted that the nation’s unemployment situation had become frightening.
According to him, any nation that can engage its teeming educated youths will surely have issues with social vices, like crimes and brigandage.
Obi regretted that Ghana, whose population is less than 20 per cent of Nigeria’s population, is attracting more investment and attention than Nigeria with its abundant capital and material resources.
The former governor said the attendees he spoke with had one or two worries, including security, law and order.
He urged the government to aggressively tackle the situation.
The conference, which attracted top Nigerian professionals, entrepreneurs residing in U.S.A, governors, government officials, that is, Nigerian Ambassador to the U.S.A, Nigeria Consul General in New York, Chairperson of Diaspora Council, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, captains of industries, had the theme: Improving Nigeria’s Economy: Challenges and Opportunities.