Tinubu has shut his doors, even ministers can’t see him – Ndume laments food crisis

Tinubu has shut his doors, even ministers can’t see him – Ndume laments food crisis


Ali Ndume, the chief whip of the senate, has expressed concerns regarding the escalating cost of living and food scarcity in Nigeria, saying it is more concerning because the president is not talking about it with ministers.

During an interview with BBC Hausa, Ndume highlighted the federal government’s struggle to address these pressing issues, noting that even some ministers face difficulties meeting with President Bola Tinubu to discuss them.

“The major problem with this government is that its doors are closed, to the extent that even some ministers cannot see the President, not to mention members of the National Assembly, who do not have the opportunity to meet with him and discuss the issues affecting their constituencies,” Ndume said.

His comments came shortly after he and Sunday Steve Karimi sponsored a motion about tackling the food crisis in the country.

The senators pointed out that the World Food Programme warned that 82 million Nigerians face food insecurity within the next five years.

Ndume emphasised the urgency of the situation, warning that without prompt government intervention, the country could face famine and starvation, particularly among children.

“We want to draw the government’s attention to the fact that Nigeria is not only facing a high cost of living but also food scarcity,” he said.

He cited instances of malnutrition among children in Katsina State as an example and compared the situation to the situation in Niger Republic and South Sudan, where children are dying due to hunger.

Ndume urged the government to take immediate action by consulting with experts and stakeholders to find viable solutions to the food crisis.



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