Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s candidate for president in the election of February 25, 2023, gave N10 million on Thursday to Paul University, Awka, which belongs to the Church of Nigeria’s Anglican Communion.
He declared that after the elections, he will resume his charitable contributions to hospitals and schools, which had to be postponed because of the political campaigns.
Obi explained that the intervention in schools and hospitals was a part of his efforts to improve the infrastructure in such public institutions and build human capital in Nigeria. He recalled that prior to the campaigns, he was making monthly visits to at least three hospitals and secondary schools to provide support.
He said: “This is a visit that I would have made since January this year, but as you know, I was involved in campaigns. I didn’t want what I’m doing in the education and health sectors to be mixed up with politics.
“As a person, I endeavour to visit at least three hospitals and three secondary schools every month. As you would see later from the cheque I have for you, it was written since January this year.
“This Paul University is one of the institutions that benefits from my intervention once in a while in my own little way.
“I believe that to solve this country’s problems, we need to invest in human capital development, and this means investment in health and education, which is why I always intervene in these areas all over Nigeria.
“Elections are over and since I am no longer canvassing for votes, this is the time to show interest in my country by continuing what I have been doing.
“That is what I’m here to do at Paul University. I urge you all to keep doing the right thing as I believe that God will at his own time, intervene, and give salvation to Nigeria.”
Obi was welcomed to the institution by the Vice Chancellor, Prof Obiora Nwosu and the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Chinyere Okunna, who had worked with Obi during his tenure as governor of Anambra State as Commissioner and Chief of Staff.