Peter Obi, the former presidential candidate of the Labour Party, recently emphasized the importance of honesty among Nigerian leaders, asserting that some resort to living a fabricated life due to certificate forgery. Speaking during a segment on Arise TV, Obi highlighted the negative consequences of leaders manipulating their academic records to secure positions in government.
Obi, who served as the governor of Anambra state, expressed his belief that academic qualifications should not be the sole criteria for leadership positions. He argued that leaders should instead focus on transparency and integrity in their actions and statements.
He cited examples of past and present world leaders who may not have possessed high academic qualifications but were upfront about their educational backgrounds. Obi emphasized that integrity and honesty serve as the foundation for building a just society.
He remarked, “It is the issue of leaders making statements, doing things that are honest and truthful. This is an issue of honor and integrity. It is the foundation on which you build society.”
Obi also drew attention to the prevalence of certificate-related controversies among Nigerian leaders, including issues with age and other falsifications. He expressed concern that such dishonesty erodes the credibility of the nation.
In concluding his point, Obi noted that one need not hold numerous degrees to be considered great, but one must maintain integrity in their past and present actions.
Notably, several governors, lawmakers, and even the president have faced legal challenges due to discrepancies surrounding their academic records.