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‘Hunger claiming innocent lives’ — Peter Obi mourns Nasarawa varsity students killed in rice stampede

 

Peter Obi, presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP)
in the 2023 elections, has mourned the students who died during rice
distribution in Nasarawa state.

 

On Friday, three students of Nasarawa State University in
Keffi (NSUK) were killed in a stampede that occurred during the distribution of
rice donated by the state government.

 

Obi, in a post on his X page, lamented that “tragic
happenings have become our daily companions as a people”.

 

“Somehow, disheartening and tragic happenings have become
our daily companions as a people. In yet another very sad development, I am
disheartened by the reports of the death of some students from Nasarawa State
University (NSUK) in a stampede while struggling for food palliative from the
state government,” Obi wrote.

 

 “The very worsening
level of hunger in our nation has continued to claim the lives of innocent
citizens.

 

“This is, unfortunately, happening in a country that is
richly blessed in human and natural resources, with vast arable lands for
agriculture.

 

“Nigeria should have no business with hunger and poverty if
we the leaders were caring enough. It is unimaginable how we have sadly
descended to a level where people now take unthinkable risks in order to
survive.

 

“Now again, our children who were sent to study in a
university, challenged by hunger, have lost their lives because of our national
unproductivity.

 

“I do hope that these ugly incidents will nudge our government
into taking urgent measures to end the current food insecurity, by moving the
nation from consumption to production.

 

“Time has come for Nigerians to unite in purpose and solve
the challenges facing us. Hunger, as I have maintained, knows no tribe or religion.

 

“I commiserate with the bereaved families of the deceased
students, the entire Nasarawa State University and the government of Nasarawa
State over this painful incident. May God give all of us the fortitude to bear
this loss and grant them eternal rest.”

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