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Peter Obi Warns of Rising Hunger Threat in Nigeria, Urges Increased Food Production

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Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, has raised concerns about hunger in Nigeria, citing a UNICEF report. Obi highlighted that nearly 25 million Nigerians faced hunger risks in 2023, projected to rise to 26.5 million in 2024.

Obi emphasised the compounding effect of high living costs and inflation on food insecurity. He pointed out that many Nigerian families are forced to spend their entire income on food, leaving little for other necessities.

Obi advocated for a shift from a consumption-based economy to a production-based one. He proposed aggressive investment in agriculture, particularly utilising northern Nigeria’s vast, fertile lands.

Obi urged immediate action with the looming threat of hunger impacting even more Nigerians in June 2024. He stressed the need to boost food production to combat rising hunger and the potential social unrest it could bring.

Obi acknowledged the challenges of insecurity and inadequate support for small agricultural businesses. He called for the government to ensure the safety of farmers and provide them with the resources needed to increase food production.

Obi concludes by expressing his commitment to building a “productive Nigeria” as part of his vision for a “New Nigeria.” He emphasises prioritising food security for a stable and prosperous nation.

Obi’s statement starkly warns about Nigeria’s growing hunger crisis. It highlights the need for immediate and long-term solutions to ensure food security for all Nigerians.

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