Anambra: Obi left $150m before leaving office, says Diamond Bank ex-boss
The former Chairman of Diamond Bank and former chieftain of All
Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr. Alex Oti, has laid to rest, the
debate on whether the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, left
money or not for the government that took after him.
Oti said that Obi left $50 million each in Diamond Bank, Fidelity and
Bank by the time he left office.
The ex-bank chief disclosed this in his address titled, "Nigeria Economic
Ways out of the Woods", at the 8th Annual Conference of the Academy for
Entrepreneurial Study, at the Nigerian Institute for International Study at Kofo
Aboyomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Oti said that all Nigeria needed was a leader who must inspire confidence in the
people by doing what leadership required, serving the people and not himself or his
According to him, a good leader must cut costs, avoid unnecessary expenditure,
encourage diversification, among others.
The former Diamond Bank chairman pointed out that Obi's example has
Nigerians can do it.
"As the chairman of Diamond Bank at the time Obi was the governor, I can
confirm that he left $50 million each in Diamond Bank, Fidelity and Access
Bank. I can also confirm that he did not borrow money from any
Also, the Chairman of the event, Gen. Yakubu Gowon, represented by
the former Minister of Health, Prince Julius Adelusi Adeluyi, called on
the leaders to focus on the people, while calling on Nigerians to intensify
prayers for God to have mercy on His people.
One of the speakers at the event and the former Governor of Anambra State,
Mr. Peter Obi, thanked the organizers for thinking about the good of the country
by choosing a topic that is dear to Nigeria and Nigerians.
Obi said that what Nigeria needed were leaders with conscience to understand
that leadership was all about serving and not being served.
Besides, Obi said that Nigeria could become a great nation if only its leaders
should reflect on the trajectory successful economies and queue along.