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It Is A Shame That Ukraine In War Is giving Us Food – Niger State Governor Echoes Peter Obi

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Niger State Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago has echoed Peter Obi’s sentiments and stance that it is a shame for the nation to be fed by war-torn Ukraine. He said this on Tuesday during LEADERSHIP 2023 Conference and Awards held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels, Abuja.
Recall that Ukraine, a nation plagued with war, donated 25,000 tons of wheat to Nigeria in a move to tackle the food crisis affecting over 1.3 million people in northeast Nigeria as part of its humanitarian “Grain from Ukraine” initiative launched by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Reacting to this, Peter Obi, the Labour Party 2023 presidential candidate, commended this action on the part of Ukraine, while expressing that it is a “national disgrace” that war-torn Ukraine is donating food to Nigeria.

In his words:

“It is disheartening that our once economically confident nation, blessed with vast arable land and abundant natural resources, now relies on a war-torn Ukraine for food assistance.

“This national disgrace stems from years of leadership failure, necessitating urgent reflection and a reordering of our national priorities and resource management and allocation,” Obi said.

Echoing this sentiment, Governor Bago expressed that Obi had said nothing but the truth and that it was a shame for countries like Ukraine in war to donate food to Nigeria.

He also asserted that people may not like the presidential candidate, but they must listen to his ideas as the country has no reason to be poor. He also stressed the need for the nation to become productive, stating that the nation cannot alleviate poverty unless it begins producing. Bago said:

“My boss (Peter Obi), you are very right with what you have said, we have no reason to be poor. People may not like you, but they must hear you, because what you say is the gospel truth; Nigeria needs to be productive. You cannot be out of poverty unless you start to produce.

“I am not an advocate of hand-out palliatives too. I don’t believe in it. So, it is high time we tell ourselves the basic truth. We need to feed ourselves, and it’s a shame for people like Ukraine in war to be giving us food,” he stated.

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