Nigeria’s population is critical for Britain, says Obi in Sky News interview


Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) says the population of Nigeria is critical for Britain.

Nigeria has an estimated population of about 200 million people.

In an interview published by Sky News on Tuesday, Obi described the high population of Nigeria as “a huge market” for Britain.

Obi said it is time for necessary changes to occur in the country.

 “We’re trying to say, and everybody can see, especially the youth, that something’s wrong and everyone can see that the country cannot continue on this trajectory leading to nowhere,” he said.

“We have 200 million people, which is a huge market for Britain. And it’s critical for Britain – as they leave the European Union they need Commonwealth members.”

The LP candidate was in the UK on Monday, where he spoke at the Chatham House on his plans for the country if elected in the forthcoming elections.

Obi is one of the leading candidates for the coming presidential election alongside Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The former Anambra governor enjoys huge popularity on social media courtesy of a massive support base known as the ‘Obidients’.

The elections are less than eight weeks away. According to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the presidential and national assembly elections will hold on February 25.

The governorship and state house of assembly polls will take place on March 11.


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