Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate, has fulfilled his commitment to sponsor the business idea of a jobless female undergraduate, Gimba Sophia Emmanuel, who could not afford to launch her baking firm with seventy-five thousand Naira.
During his first press conference following the 2023 presidential election, the former Anambra State governor sobbed as he lamented the state of the country.
To prove his case, Obi cried as he told the story of a jobless female Nigerian graduate who couldn’t find work or afford a N75, 000 Oven to start a baking business.
“Whenever I meet a young person, I want to know what that young person does. So, you see me every day talking to young people. Just this morning, I went somewhere and a young lady was to boil water for me to make tea and I wanted to do it myself but she said she would do it but I insisted to do it.
“She said to me that she was worried that I lost the election. I asked for her name and where’s from and she said Nasarawa State. Asked where she schooled and she said Nasarawa State University. I asked what she does and she said she had no job (even though) she graduated since 2018.
“I then asked what she was trying to do and she told me she was learning how to do baking. I asked why are you not baking instead of being here to do this and she said she doesn’t have N75, 000 to buy an oven,” Obi narrated while breaking into tears, adding “that’s what we get in Nigeria”
But, in a post on his social media page on Saturday, the LP candidate revealed that he had honored his pledge and given young Gimba cash to pursue her baking goal.
Sharing the photos, Peter Obi wrote; “Today, I fulfilled my pledge to assist Ms Gimba Sophia Emmanuel in her aspiration to acquire an oven and start her baking and confectionery business. Interestingly, she had indicated that she would procure a Nigerian made oven, thus enhancing the value chain and putting into effect the production to consumption mantra.”