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Nigeria’s Hunger Crisis: President Tinubu Faces Mounting Pressure to Act As Chief Ameh Tasks Govt

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In a scathing critique of the current administration, Chief Ameh Peter, national secretary of the Coalition Of United Political Parties (CUPP) and former national chairman of IPAC, has called out President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for failing to address Nigeria’s hunger crisis.

He said that with the country ranking 109th out of 125 nations in the 2023 Global Hunger Index, the situation demands urgent attention.

Chief Ameh Peter minced no words, emphasising that when leaders fail, the entire system crumbles, leaving the majority of people to suffer.

His words echoed the stark reality faced by millions of Nigerians grappling with hunger and poverty. The inability to secure farmers exacerbates the crisis, as they remain vulnerable to violence and insecurity in their communities.

The CUPP secretary pointedly criticised the luxurious lifestyle of Nigeria’s leaders.

President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria
President Bola Tinubu

For him, rather than prioritising essential needs, government funds are squandered on extravagant projects.

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A case in point, he noted, is the proposal for a new private jet for President Tinubu. Chief Ameh argued that such resources should be directed toward projects that genuinely benefit citizens and alleviate their suffering.

President Tinubu’s administration has come under scrutiny for its excessive travel expenses as he said that within the first six months, he reportedly spent over N8.64 billion on domestic and foreign trips—36% more than the budgeted amount for 2023.

He noted that while Nigerians grapple with economic hardships, the president’s travel costs raise eyebrows.

According to him, corruption remains pervasive, hindering economic growth and discouraging foreign investment.

Chief Ameh questioned Tinubu’s commitment to tackling corruption, especially when ordinary citizens struggle to make ends meet. Nigeria’s potential remains untapped due to policy failures and corrupt practices.

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He said that “Nigeria indeed has vast economic potential, with a large and youthful population, vast natural resources, and a strategic location on the African continent.

“However, our country faces various challenges that hinder its ability to realize its economic potential and improve the lives of its citizens.

“Some of the challenges Nigeria faces include:

“Widespread corruption and mismanagement of resources has hindered economic development and discouraged foreign investment”, he said.

Chief Ameh queried, “In Nigeria. What has Tinubu done about it, nothing.

“President sound like the problems confronting this Nation and our people is not enough for us to cry out, it is a shame that our people are suffering in spite of the huge potentials of the country.

“With inconsistent public policies the APC Government has created an uncertain business environment and a blink future for the country.

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“Disparities in wealth distribution and limited access to education and healthcare has led to significant poverty rates and addressing these challenges requires a sustained effort to strengthen institutions, promote transparency and accountability, invest in infrastructure, diversify the economy, and improve access to education and healthcare.

“By tackling these issues, Nigeria can unlock its economic potentials and improve the lives of its citizens instead of him constantly lambasting them for stating the obvious”, he concluded.

As Nigeria faces endemic poverty and economic challenges, Chief Ameh’s call to action reverberates. President Tinubu must prioritise the suffering masses, address corruption, and implement effective policies.

In the opinion of pundits, the country’s future hangs in the balance, and Nigerians are daily demanding more than empty promises — they seek tangible solutions to their hunger and hardship.

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Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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