Ukraine’s Food Donation To Nigeria National Disgrace -Obi


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Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 General Election, has described as a national disgrace the food donated to Nigeria by the war-torn Ukraine.

Mr. Obi who posted this on his X handle on Monday said, it was disheartening that Nigeria, a nation blessed with vast arable land and abundant natural resources, now relies on a war-torn Ukraine for food assistance.

This, he blamed on years of leadership failure in the country, calling for urgent reordering of national priorities and resource management and allocation.

He said, “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”.

Mr. Obi lamented that “Ukraine, with a population of 43 million on 603,728 km2, outshines Northern Nigeria, covering 744,249 km2 with a young, energetic population exceeding 100 million.

“In 2015, Ukraine’s GDP per capita was $2125, compared to Nigeria’s $2680. By 2022, despite being at war, Ukraine’s GDP per capita exceeded $4000, while Nigeria’s regressed to $2184.

“Ukraine cultivates over 60% of its arable land, whereas Nigeria has over 60% uncultivated arable land.

“Despite the conflict, Ukraine feeds itself, and exports agricultural products worth over $ 25 billion which is about the same value as our crude oil export earnings, and it serves as a strategic global food supplier, even providing aid to a peaceful yet unproductive Nigeria”, he stressed.

To overcome the embarrassment, Obi said, “we must aggressively reorder our priorities by investing resources in productive sectors like agriculture. Addressing insecurity is crucial for farmers to return to their fields, enabling a productive manufacturing sector and supporting small businesses.

“In 4 to 5 years, this concerted effort can reverse the current trend, leading us toward a productive and New Nigeria that I believe is possible and within reach”, he said.

While appreciating the war-torn nation of Ukraine for their generous donation of tons of grains to Nigeria thereby aiding her current fight against nationwide hunger, he noted that the gesture “speaks volumes for us as a people endowed with all needed human and natural resources, that a country officially prosecuting a brutal war of national survival with its powerful neighbor, Russia, is generous and kind enough with their food supplies to help us who are officially at peace.

“For the people of Ukraine, this act of human solidarity testifies to a rare generosity of spirit which should earn them greater global solidarity. It demonstrates our shared humanity.

“However, a situation like this underscores vigorously the importance of sound political leadership as the first concrete requirement for any nation desiring to develop and enhance the standard of living of its citizenry”, he said.


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