The 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, said the over 200 million Nigerians need to know who their true leader is.
This came on the premise of the alleged certificate saga of President Bola Tinubu.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday in Abuja, the former Anambra State governor maintained that the true identity of the leader is of grave national and international interest.
He explained that Nigerians deserve to know who their president is, adding that international countries also deserve to know who the nation’s president is to be able to engage the country.
“A matter of the personal identity of a leader is too sensitive and central to the functions of the office he currently occupies to be tried with, outsourced, or disguised under the cloak of officialdom.
“It is also about integrity, morality, values & the rule of law that denies the character of the Nation and its people. In his present capacity as a leader of a nation of over 200M Nigerians, his true identity is a matter of grave national and international interest.
“The people deserve to know for a certainty the true identity of their leader and this overrides whatever rights he may have to personal privacy.
“In addition, the international community deserves to know the true identity of the person with whom they will engage in Nigeria.
“Having stood for an election to the elevated public office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Bola Tinubu has implicitly undertaken to cede the rights of a private citizen in favour of a life of open disclosure of his true identity, and other circumstances that may be of public interest. His personal integrity demands no less.
“The legitimacy of the office he currently occupies demands that much and even more. Respect for the integrity and esteem of the Nigerian nation within the community of nations makes it even more incumbent and compulsory.
“It’s time to do the right thing,” Obi added.