It’s Embarrassing That War Ravaged Ukraine Is Feeding Nigeria – Obi Says


The presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 General elections, Mr Peter Obi has described the donation of 25,000 tonnes of wheat as emergency food assistance to 1.3 million vulnerable, crisis-affected people in Northeast Nigeria by war ravaged Ukraine, as a national embarrassment and disgrace.

Mr Obi, however noted that the national disgrace stemmed from years of leadership failure which he stressed necessitated urgent reflection and a reordering of our national priorities and resource management and allocation.
The former governor of Anambra State who stated these on his verified X-handle, said that it was disheartening that the once economically confident nation, blessed with vast arable land and abundant natural resources, now relies on a war-torn Ukraine for food assistance.

According to him; “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. To overcome this embarrassment,” he said.

Mr Peter Obi therefore said that we must aggressively reorder our priorities by investing resources in productive sectors like agriculture.

He also said that addressing insecurity has become critical and crucial to enable farmers return to their fields as well as improve on productive manufacturing sector and supporting small businesses.
He expressed optimism that in four to five years, the concerted effort can reverse the current trend thereby lead the country towards a productive New Nigeria that he believes is possible and within reach


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