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Hardship: Peter Obi weeps over death toll in recent Bauchi stampede



Hardship: Peter Obi weeps over death toll in recent Bauchi stampede

Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party has expressed sadness over the rising reports of stampede across the nation.

Taking to the microblogging platform, X, formerly Twitter, the ex-Anambra State governor, Peter Obi lamented over the death toll that took place in Bauchi State stampede, being one of few stampedes that led to a fatal consequence like death.

TopNaija gathered that Peter Obi wept to the realization that the recent four deaths due to the stampedes reflected the deep hunger and starvation the nation is curreently experiencing.

In his words, “It is saddening how cheap life has become in this country today. It is now a daily occurrence to read reports of our fellow Nigerians who lose their lives while struggling for basic food to eat.

“Just 3 days ago, I lamented the disheartening occurrence involving some of our children at Nasarawa State University who lost their lives in a stampede while hustling for government-provided food.

“Yesterday, another four people have also reportedly lost their lives in a stampede during an almsgiving zakat exercise for the poor in Bauchi State. These regular occurrences of stampede and struggle for food only reflect the depth of hunger and starvation in the country.

“It also shows the level of desperation among our people. With food prices soaring higher every day and our nation continuing to wallow in unproductivity, our people now live their lives not knowing where the next meal will come from.

“What is more concerning is the report of UNICEF projecting that over 30 million Nigerians will face acute hunger during the lean months, between June and August.

“We now have a situation where our people are losing their lives to hunger before the projected timeline. The physical hunt and struggle for scarce food has become a life threatening adventure in itself.

“We have never had it this bad in the nation as we do now, and unless very urgent actions are taken, the situation may get worse. I sincerely appeal to the government to release every resource, human and material, needed to end insecurity in the country,
so that farmers can return to the farms, and with the government’s support, ensure that our vast arable lands in the North are fully explored to feed Nigerians and export to the rest of the world.”

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