On Peter Obi’s Alleged ‘Stinginess’, By Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu

Peter Obi In life, either you live by your creed or you desecrate the mold by which the Almighty created you. Any progressive nation measures an individual by his values, not his vaults… If this way of life is what is derided as ‘stinginess’ by Peter Obi, then we must all adopt this mold for a more sustainable and more human. . Sometime in 2009, the ‘Mr.’ (as he preferred to be called) Peter Obi, Governor of Anambra State at the time, visited Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu and me in Dallas, Texas. He came to deliver a recovery message from Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and was billed to attend a black-tie event at the Dallas Marriot. Interestingly, he flew into the Dallas airport with a small carry-on, which he insisted on taking with himself, and upon arrival at our residence he asked to freshen up. He opened his carry-on, full of files and paperwork and some toiletries and an extra shirt, and when Ikemba and I asked if he was expecting another piece of luggage, he said no. ‘So what will you wear to tonight’s event?’ we asked. It was at that moment that she realized that she could not present herself in her casual clothes at such a ceremony. I insisted on taking him to the luxury men’s emporium in Nieman Marcus to buy a fancy black suit. When we got there, he was busy doing currency conversions from dollar to naira. The suit that fit him perfectly was a classy Tom Ford suit priced at $3,985 plus tax. He did the math and said to me: ‘Do you know how many students can be trained with this amount of money in Nigeria?’ I reminded him that he was the governor, as well as the special guest, and that for the caliber of guests expected for tonight’s occasion, including the mayor, senators, and conglomerate captains, among others, he needed to be dressed. in the best way. To make a long story short, he refused to pay what he called “that outrageous price” for the Tom Ford suit, and that’s how we ended up at Steinmart, where he agreed to pay a more acceptable price of $220, including tax, for a basic men’s suit. , which he was happy to use for that evening’s event. What struck me was that while we were on our way to the airport to see him off on his flight back to Nigeria, he reached into his pocket and pulled out an envelope of hundred-dollar bills. The amount in the envelope was $3,800. He said ‘Anyanwu, this is the balance of the money he would have paid for the ‘Ford’ suit. If the tag on the suit was ‘Peter Obi’, I wonder if anyone in America will pay that amount for it. I have deducted the amount we paid for that suit we finally bought. Use this balance for your charitable foundation to help those who really need it. I trust you will do so.’ We all laughed heartily. Vintage Peter Obi! The eventual beneficiaries of that largesse were Madam Theresa Agbo, a yam seller who was left penniless and displaced when her yam shed was destroyed by fire; Callistus Egbe, who was bedridden due to illness and needed help with his young children’s school fees; and the Mgbemena family of six, who were evicted from their one-bedroom accommodation (which we later doubled to two bedrooms) because the breadwinner was falling on hard times and could no longer pay the rent. In life, either you live by your creed or you desecrate the mold by which the Almighty created you. Any progressive nation measures an individual by his values, not his vaults. If this way of life is what is derided as ‘stinginess’ by Peter Obi, then we must all adopt this mold for a more sustainable and more humane environment. Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, the widow of Dim Chukwuemka Odumegwu Ojukwu, is a former Nigerian ambassador to Spain. This post was originally published on Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu’s Facebook page. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; On Peter Obi’s Alleged ‘Stinginess’, By Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu