Peter Obi, the Labor Party Presidential candidate in the last election, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for postponing the national census.
It had earlier been reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday approved the postponement of the 2023 National Population and Housing Census earlier scheduled for between May 3 and May 7.
The exercise was postponed to a date to be determined by the incoming administration.
Reacting, Peter Obi said the postponement was a welcome development.
“FGN’s decision to postpone the 2023 Population and Housing Census, scheduled for 3-7 May 2023, to a date to be determined by the incoming Administration is a propitious and welcome development. National Census is a critical development and nation-building tool.
“Even though Nigeria is long overdue for a census, conducting one requires proper planning and diligence to ensure the sanctity of the results; the efficacy of the data gathered therefrom, as well as their utility in driving national development goals.
“Our living standards and growing national housing deficits. It is hoped that when eventually the census is conducted, it will serve as confidence-building measures instead of being fraught with the usual controversy,” he tweeted.