The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi has vowed that if elected in 2023, he will lift 130 million Nigerians out of poverty.

He made the statement after attending the NKST Synod in Mkar, Gboko Local Government Area (LGA) of Benue State.

The former Governor of Anambra state said that it is a crucial matter that his administration will address so that the people who fall under the category would be able to provide for their family, send their children to school and contribute to the development of the nation.

Obi made the pledge while speaking with newsmen at the JS Tarka stadium, Gboko, Gboko LGA of the state on Friday.

The LP flagbearer’s comment comes on the back of the figures released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) which reports that 63 per cent of Nigerians lives below the poverty line.

He said; “I came on the invitation of the Synod to talk to them about the next election, which I say is a crucial election.

“Like I said, the release shows that Nigeria is about 216 million in population, and it is said that 130 million people are in poverty, that alone should be of concern to us, and that is my major concern too.

“How do we get these people out of poverty? This to me is crucial, and that is why I am here to help them make the right choice.

“They have to think of their children being in school, think about what they can give to the nation, building a nation is the job of government and all Federal agencies within the nation”.


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