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Anambra: “Yar’adua asked me to go and remove a village” – Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, a former presidential candidate of the Labour Party has emphasized the need for collaboration between governors and the president in ensuring effective governance and security.

In a video recently shared on YouTube by Sahara TV, Peter Obi highlighted the need for governors to take charge of the security of their states. Reflecting on his tenure as governor of Anambra, he shared an instance where President Yar’Adua allegedly granted him authority to address a security issue by “removing a village”. Obi also recounted his decision to level a notorious criminal hideout called Akpaka Forest, stressing the importance of having a determined president who empowers governors.

In Peter Obi’s words: “Yar’Adua asked me to go and remove a village. I said listen, I have a problem with this village, I said we must demolish everything there. When I became governor, the past traditional ruler of Onitsha is there, Obi of Onitsha, there is a place called Akpaka forest. That was where all the criminals were. And I said you see this forest Mr President, I want to level it, I don’t want it to be a forest again. He said do whatever you want, today it is the best habitable place in the area of Onitsha. We levelled it but the president gave us the authority. He didn’t say no, he said go and level it if that is what you want to do. So you need a president who is determined, gives the governor authority and the governor takes the authority and goes and does it”.

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