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Hunger: Peter Obi Reacts To Ukraine’s Donation Of Wheat To Nigeria

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

FORMER presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr. Peter Gregory Obi, has reacted to the benevolent act of war-torn Ukraine which donated 25,000 tons of wheat to Nigeria to help combat the ongoing food crisis.

Stonix News gathered that the donation was part of Ukraine’s humanitarian “Grain from Ukraine” initiative launched by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy which will help provide emergency food assistance to 1.3 million crisis-affected people in northeast Nigeria.

In his official X (formerly Twitter) account, the former governor of Anambra State lauded the action while stating that it is disheartening that, Nigeria, a richly blessed nation with abundant natural resources now relies on a war-torn Ukraine for food assistance.

He tagged the state Nigeria is in as disgraceful and added that the disgrace stems from years of leadership failure and resource mismanagement and allocation.

“Let me begin by sincerely appreciating the war-torn nation of Ukraine for their generous donation of tons of grains to Nigeria, thereby aiding our current fight against nationwide hunger.

“As laudable as Ukraine’s kind gesture is, it 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 neighbour, 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.

“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. Instructively, 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 posted.

He concluded by emphasizing that the embarrassment can be overcome by investing resources in productive sectors like agriculture and that “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.”

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