The presidential candidate of the Labour Party in the February 25 election, Peter Obi, had donated N10 million to Paul University, owned by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, in Awka, Anambra state.
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.
According to the former Anambra state governor, since the elections are over, he would continue his philanthropic gestures to schools and hospitals, which had to be put on hold due to the political campaigns.
The Vanguard reported that Obi said the intervention in schools and hospitals was part of his efforts to build human capital in Nigeria and improve infrastructure in such public institutions, recalling that before the campaigns, he was undertaking visits to at least three hospitals and secondary schools every month, to give support to them.
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.”