1,411 Dubai contingents: ‘Nigeria has more people living in poverty than China’ – Peter Obi slams Tinubu

The presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the last general election, Mr Peter Obi, has slammed President Bola Tinubu for producing a large number of contingents at the ongoing Climate Change Conference, COP28, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Obi’s statement followed a report that Tinubu arrived in Dubai with 1,411 delegates, according to a list by the UN Climate Change, making him the leader in Africa with the highest entourage and the third largest representation among global countries attending the conference.

The action has also attracted a series of backlash against Tinubu’s administration, with many accusing the government of the inability to curb wasteful spending.

Reacting to the development via his X handle on Sunday, Obi lamented that the huge contingent was out at public expense at a time when most Nigerians could hardly afford food and basic needs as a result of economic hardship.

According to him, the vast majority of those in the Nigerian delegation to COP28 were either non-relevant civil servants or relations, friends and hangers-on of high government officials, claiming them hardly understand or have anything to do with climate change.

The former Anambra State governor questioned why Nigeria matched China in the total number of contingents when it has more people living in ‘multi-dimensional’ poverty than China.

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