Former vice-presidential candidate Peter Obi has said the office of the First Lady should be discarded as it only serves as an avenue to squander public funds.
Mr Obi said on Tuesday at an annual event organised by Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos that the yearly budgetary allocation for the office should be halted because it increases cost of governance in the country.
He said such allocations should be used to fund education and health to halt medical tourism overseas.
“The wives of the president, governors and by extension the local government councils did not stand for any election, never campaigned, so on what basis should the office exist in the first place,” he said.
“With billions being voted for it, it calls for question from which political trajectory are we hinging our dispensation to allow such to go on without question.
“We are confronted with low revenue and borrowing to fund budgets and debt servicing not to talk of teeming youths without jobs to contend with.”
The former Anambra State governor added that with the regular staff attached to the offices of first ladies across the country, the chunk of the nation’s funds goes into servicing ineffective set of people whose validity should have been questioned.
In his remark, general overseer of the church Rev. Sam Aboyeji said that the religious body would continue to focus on areas of the polity that required attention for a better society.