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‘Can’t Wait To Call You My President’- Chimamanda Lauds Peter Obi As He Clocks 61

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Nigerian writer and award winner, Chimamanda Adichie says she can’t wait to call former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, president come 2023.

She stated this in her congratulatory message posted on her verified Facebook Account to Obi as he clocks 61 on Tuesday, July 19.

According to her, she can’t wait for February 25, 2023 to prideful cast her vote for Peter Obi and his running mate, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed to bring to pass all hope for Nigeria.

Lauding the former governor on his managerial skill and intellectual skill, she said she is always amazed about his eagerness to learn and his genuine love for education.

The Novelist spoke of Obi’s belief and hope for Nigeria, “a belief that has always been practical, grounded in numbers and in reality.

She asserted admiration for Obi’s humble way of exhibiting generosity in causes that matter.

“You exhibited your incredible generosity to the causes you believe in, and it reminded me of all the hospitals and schools and churches you have supported over the years, and often without fanfare” she asserted.

“I cannot wait to call you my President;
I cannot wait for February 25, 2023, when I, with personal pride in you and with hope for what Nigeria can become, will cast my vote for you and your running mate, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed.

“I have always admired your humane pragmatism, how you are willing to talk to almost anyone if it will bring about a good outcome and how you believe in certain ideals without being an ideologue.

“How you see people as people, knowing that human value is not measured in material terms and how you are able to laugh at yourself, and laugh when I tease you about your ‘one shoe and one shirt,’ and how you have always been consistent in the core of who you are.

“I will never forget your kindness to my beloved parents. Thank you for the respect you showed them, for your many visits to Abba, where you gave to Daddy and Mummy the most precious gifts: your time and your attention.

“I remember how you regaled Daddy and Mummy with your stories until we started joking about your obsession with the “GDP of Malaysia.” But your obsession spoke of hope: your hope for Nigeria, your belief in what Nigeria could be. A belief that has always been practical, grounded in numbers and in reality.

“I remember when you came to support me as I was being honored by the United Nations Foundation in New York, and I teased you about the inexpensive hotel you were staying in, and you shrugged and said, “it’s just a place to sleep, why do I need to be in an expensive place?”

“And then only days later, you once again exhibited your incredible generosity to the causes you believe in, and it reminded me of all the hospitals and schools and churches you have supported over the years, and often without fanfare.

“You have always been clear about what your priorities are, what matters to you, what you believe should matter, and that is deeply admirable.

“Thank you for your compassion and your circumspection. For your honesty and your humour. For your willingness to acknowledge flaws, yours and others’, knowing that nobody is perfect. For your fuss-free kindness and your humility that is never performative.

“I am inspired by your intellectual curiosity, your eagerness to learn, your genuine love of education (which is why you sought out, and honored, Daddy all those years ago when you learned that he was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics.)

“Sometimes it is the simplest of language that captures the most complex of things, and so I will end with simplicity: You are a good man. You are loved. You are appreciated.

“May your eyes continue to light up when you talk about the lovely confident Margaret (Thank God she agreed for you!) and your lovely children,” she posted.

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