Obi stokes public anger against naira scarcity days after telling Nigerians to endure hardship

Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, says that the naira redesign policy had engendered “suffering and harsh economic realities” and ” untold anger” in Nigerians.

Obi’s latest statement comes barely two weeks after he hailed the Central Bank of Nigeria’s controversial policy and urged Nigerians to bear the hardship.

He said, “There have been reported pockets of skirmishes in Benin City and other places arising from the recent scarcity of cash … The suffering and harsh economic realities have brought untold anger on the people.”

Obi urged Nigerians to be calm and, instead, take their “anger to the polls on February 25”. “That is the only way to end the present suffering,” said the presidential candidate.

TheCornet reports that Obi, in his initial tweets on February 5, urged Nigerians to “bear with the CBN and Federal Government”. He equally expressed a hope that Nigerians would “harvest the gains that would come with the reforms”.

Obi’s latest statement comes in the wake of violent protests that broke out in different parts of the country.

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