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Food Crisis: Obi Raises Fresh Alarm, Bemoans Impacts Of Terrorism, Banditry

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The Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate for the 2023 General Election has repeatedly warned that if farmers are denied access to their farms by bandits and terrorists, Nigeria will face hunger and famine.

In a press statement issued by Dr. Yunusa Tanko, his Chief Spokesman, Obi, in response to publications and an international agency’s warning on the subject, stated that the alarm should be given proper attention.

The LP standard bearer wrote on his X handle, “I just read in the daily this morning about the concerns being expressed by stakeholders in our agriculture sector over the worsening food insecurity in Nigeria.
“I have consistently expressed my concerns about the growing food crisis, which has claimed the lives of our fellow citizens.
I believe that the need to address these issues cannot be overemphasised.

“The number of food-insecure Nigerians increased significantly, from 66.2 million in Q1 2023 to 100 million in Q1 2024 (WFP, 2024), with 18.6 million facing acute hunger and 43.7 million Nigerians demonstrating crisis-level or above crisis-level hunger-coping strategies as of March 2024.

“While the preceding report provides an understanding of the current and impending food crisis looming over the nation, current realities show that we are already in a worse situation than is presented in the report.

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“An earlier similar report by Cadre Harmonise stated that approximately 31.5 million Nigerians are expected to face acute hunger between June and August of this year.

“What is now very worrying is that many Nigerians have died in their search for food, indicating a severe level of hunger that has not yet been captured by the media. We are gradually descending to the level of survival of the fittest, in which, driven by hunger and a desire to survive, one loses all sense of order and does the unthinkable.

“With the frequent banditry and terror attacks on farmers, many of them have abandoned their farms. It is reported that in a state like Sokoto, farmers have paid a total of N3 billion in ransom to bandits, while others have paid as much as N100,000 to gain access to their farms. According to reports, approximately 165 farmers have died as a result of insecurity this year.

“It is therefore an urgent matter for the government to address the country’s insecurity issues. When farmers can safely return to their farms, this will help to alleviate food insecurity.

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Gov Otti Lectures At Johns Hopkins University 

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti,  will be speaking live at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS) in a few hours from now.

He will be speaking on the topic: State Governance and Economic Transitions: Meeting the Challenges.

Programme Details:
Friday, April 19, 2024
4:30 – 6:00 pm (starting 9.15 pm Nigerian time)
JHU Bloomberg Center – Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

According to a terse statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, this is a FREE event but registration is required. Please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-governance-and-economic-transitions-meeting-the-challenges-tickets-881031257207?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

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Nigerian Government Restates Commitment To Provision Of Affordable Housing For Civil Servants

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The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to provide affordable housing for civil servants through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation’s(OHCSF) Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme, in line with pillar six of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25).

Dr. Folasade Yemi Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), disclosed this during a site inspection of the ongoing construction of 116 housing units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at Gwagwalada to be allocated to core civil servants upon completion.

Yemi-Esan called on all contractors involved in making the Estate habitable to expedite action on the provision of electricity, water and internal road network in the housing estate.

The Estate, which is fully funded by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) and being constructed, in partnership with some Real Estate Developers, is projected to be commissioned in June as part of activities to mark the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Ibrahim Mairiga, Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), revealed that two developers have already completed and handed over their buildings to the Board.

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The commissioning of the FISH Estate, he said, will be a testament to the present administration’s pledge towards improving the welfare and well-being of civil servants, in tandem with its Strategic Plan.

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Obi’s Philanthropy,  Charity Work Predate His Politics, Says Media Office

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The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) wishes to inform the public of a new orchestrated plan to blackmail Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party Presidential Candidate, by linking him to frivolous, malicious, and unsubstantiated allegations of engaging in religious politics.

POMR is aware that some persons operating under the guise of civil society, and non-governmental organizations but acting at the behest of some powerful political interests have been deployed to petition and accuse Peter Obi of playing religious politics.

The aim is to malign Mr Obi’s purely altruistic motives in supporting underprivileged Nigerians of all faiths.

The ploy is to erroneously claim that he goes to religious places to carry out political campaigns off-season.

We should ordinarily ignore such mischievous ploys as they are only intended to distract attention from Mr Obi’s patriotic and compassionate position.

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For the avoidance of doubt and the protection of the gullible in our midst, it has become imperative to restate the truth and the facts.

Peter Obi understands fully the constitutional dictates of separation of church/mosque and state and that Nigeria is an undisputed secular state.

Nonetheless, his primary concern in and out of public office has always been to pursue the welfare of the underprivileged in society whom he believes should have a better life given the abundant human and natural resources bestowed on this country by God.

His acts of philanthropy and altruism transcend politics and religion.

The organizations that oversee the two dominant religions in the country, Islam and Christianity by their doctrines and concepts of charity are closer to the poor in our midst and naturally attract the generosity of kind hearts like Mr. Peter Obi.

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Peter Obi’s visit to Churches and Mosques is purely prompted by his urge to help the less privileged and has nothing to do with political campaigns.
In these places, Obi had given messages of hope to lift the spirit of the downtrodden. He hastily and never talked about politics, abused anybody or indulged in name-calling.

For instance during the Ramadan period, Obi visited some praying centres in the North and South breaking fast with Muslim faiths and dolling some items to help ameliorate their sufferings and even went further to provide basic amenities such as water in some communities.

Similarly, he also visited some churches during the Christian Holy Week and celebrated Easter with prisoners and in all he delivered a message of hope to the people.

What remains an undisputed fact, is that Peter Obi’s charity work predates politics and he would never be intimidated to change this personal disposition, which he believes is an assignment for him from his creator.

We, therefore, urge the public to ignore any insinuations of co-mingling politics and religion; and see them as a grand design to limit Mr. Obi’s freedom of movement and citizenship welfare action.

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Narrow-minded political agents are only embarrassed that Mr Obi’s transparent patriotism and compassionate commitment to the common good of all Nigerians have been self-evident.

Through these visits and acts of undivided fellowship with all Nigerians, Mr. Has come across as Nigeria’s foremost patriot and change agent.

His visits to the places where Nigerians feel the hurt, he is exposing the to enormity of unmet needs and unfulfilled promises across the nation as well as the acute failure of our selfish national elite in addressing proactively the needs of the underprivileged in our society. Obi’s preoccupation now is with the poor not politics.

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