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Nigeria among most difficult countries to live – Peter Obi

 The Labour Party, LP, 2023 presidential candidate, Peter
Obi, on Monday lamented that about 7,000 Nigerians have been kidnapped in the
past one year with several cases of killings and clashes recorded across the
country.

 

This was as he described Nigeria as one of the hungriest
nations and most difficult countries to live in the North.

 

Posting on X, Obi called on the Federal Government to take
urgent steps towards improving the situation in the country.

 

“In the past 1 year, about 7000 Nigerians have been
kidnapped, with about 700 kidnapped in the last 3 weeks, notwithstanding the
violent crimes and killings that occur in every part of the nation, which must
have included us in one of the world’s riskiest countries to live in.

 

“A report by the globally respected publication, Financial
Times, on March 12, 2024, described Nigeria’s kidnapping racket as a sign of a
failed state. With all of these happening in our nation, how then can we
attract foreign investors, & retain the confidence of local investors?

 

“We have become one of the hungriest nations in the world
and one of the most difficult nations in the world to live in, with food prices
constantly going out of the reach of most Nigerians. Power supply is abysmally
poor and Nigerians are now mostly in total darkness, as over 60% are without
power supply. Even those in perceived privileged areas now go for days without
power supply.

 

“A 2022 Energy Progress Report designated Nigeria as the
country with the largest number of people lacking access to electricity with 92
million of its over 200 million population living without electricity. About 80
percent of our primary healthcare centres are not functional. The cost of
medical treatments and medicines have gone beyond the reach of most Nigerians.

 

“We now hold the enviable position of having the highest
number of out of school children, with about 20 million out-of-school children.
We need to take our children off the streets and give them access to basic
education.

 

“I, therefore, urge our executive and legislative arms to
consider the many challenges facing our nation and re-allocate resources to
these very critical areas. This is the time for complete sacrifice. A New
Nigeria is still very POssible,” he wrote.

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