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Reno Omokri Criticizes Peter Obi’s Stance on Lagos Demolitions



Prominent author and social media influencer, Reno Omokri, has criticized Peter Obi, the 2023 presidential candidate, for his recent statements regarding the demolitions of unauthorized structures in Lagos State.

Peter Obi expressed his concern over the demolitions, emphasizing the unfairness of such actions amid the prevailing poverty in the country. He highlighted the additional burden placed on struggling Nigerians, as these properties often represent significant investments and the sole source of livelihood for many.

Calling on the involved governments to consider the high levels of hardship in the country, Obi urged for compassion in executing such actions while adhering to necessary regulations.

In response, Omokri criticized the former Anambra Governor, citing instances where he led demolitions in Anambra state without compensating the offenders. He accused Obi of having a biased perspective, noting the inconsistency in criticizing the Lagos State government for similar actions that he had previously undertaken.

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Obi Criticizes President Tinubu’s Comments, Calls for Concrete Solutions to Nigeria’s Challenges



Former presidential candidate Peter Obi has criticized President Bola Tinubu’s recent comments downplaying Nigeria’s struggles by comparing them to other countries.

While receiving a delegation from the National Assembly on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir, President Tinubu remarked that Nigeria is not the only nation grappling with poverty. Speaking in Lagos, he acknowledged the challenges but emphasized that other countries face similar issues, saying, “Yes, there is poverty; there is suffering in the land. We are not the only people facing such, but we must face our challenges.”

Reacting on on Friday, Obi urged Nigeria’s leaders to move beyond merely acknowledging the country’s numerous challenges and instead offer concrete solutions to address them. He lamented the severity of Nigeria’s issues, which include poverty, insecurity, hunger, poor education, high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, and a significant income gap between the rich and the poor.

Obi expressed disappointment that instead of providing a clear plan to tackle these issues, leaders often downplay the situation by comparing Nigeria’s struggles to those of other countries. He highlighted the need for concrete solutions rather than dismissive comparisons.

“The problems facing Nigeria are well-known to all Nigerians,” Obi said. “We are the poverty capital of the world, among the most insecure people on earth, among the hungriest, have poor education quality and the highest number of out-of-school children, high infant mortality, corruption, unemployment, the highest income gap between the poor and the rich, high corruption perception index, infrastructure and healthcare challenges, and more. It is disheartening to hear those in charge, who were hired to address our problems, make statements like ‘we are not the only ones struggling with poverty and hunger.’”

Obi emphasized that Nigerians need a comprehensive approach to address the country’s unique challenges, not generalizations that dismiss their experiences. He stressed that true leadership involves providing direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis, similar to how a pilot assures passengers during turbulence.

“Instead of merely acknowledging that other countries face similar challenges, we need to hear a thorough plan of action to tackle our unique struggles,” Obi stated. “We require concrete solutions and a clear vision to address these issues, not comparisons that downplay our circumstances. I urge those in leadership positions to offer tangible solutions, not mere reminders that others face similar challenges.”

Obi called for a clear vision and a roadmap to overcome obstacles, emphasizing that this is the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations making progress. He stressed that leaders should provide more than just acknowledgments of problems—they should offer actionable plans and assurances.

“We need a comprehensive approach to tackle our specific challenges, not generalizations that dismiss our experiences,” Obi continued. “A true leader provides direction, guidance, solutions, and reassurance in times of crisis. This is the hallmark of visionary leadership and a trait of nations that are making progress and advancing their development. They don’t simply state the obvious but offer a roadmap for overcoming obstacles. Just like a pilot, who doesn’t just announce turbulence; they assure passengers that they will do everything possible to ensure a safe journey. Only then can we begin to trust that our country is in capable hands, working towards a brighter future for all Nigerians.”

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Gov AbdulRazaq Reshuffles Cabinet In Kwara



Kwara State governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has effected a minor cabinet reorganisation involving four commissioners.

Those affected are the commissioner for Social Development, Hon. Afolashade Justina, who moves to Women Affairs and the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Hon. Bosede Buraimoh who switches to Social Development.

The Commissioner for Youth Development, Nafisat Buge moves to the Ministry of Environment, whose Commissioner Hon. Shehu Ndanusa Usman moves to the Ministry of Youth Development.

A statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Rafiu Ajakaye said the cabinet reshuffle takes immediate effect.

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Emergency Wheat Production Project Boosts Sudan’s Wheat Yield by 70%




An emergency wheat production initiative in Sudan, funded by the African Development Bank and executed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), has successfully increased wheat production in targeted areas by up to 70% over the past year. This significant boost comes amidst a looming hunger catastrophe exacerbated by ongoing conflict in the country.

The African Development Bank allocated $75 million to the WFP for the implementation of the Sudan Emergency Wheat Production Project over two years. The project has been instrumental in enhancing food security in a nation where agricultural output has been severely hindered by violence.

“This development comes at a critical time for Sudan, which is facing a looming hunger catastrophe due to the ongoing conflict that has slowed down production in the past agricultural season,” said Nnenna Nwabufo, the Bank’s Director General for the Eastern Africa region. “Given the great potential that agriculture offers even under circumstances of active conflict, and with famine in Sudan on the horizon threatening millions of lives, this project has brought a lot of hope.”

Nwabufo highlighted that this year alone, 22 percent of the national wheat demand was met through the project. “Its impressive performance has demonstrated that there are viable solutions to increasing domestic production to address the rising levels of hunger and acute malnutrition in the country,” she added. “We are pleased that the scaled-up delivery of certified climate-resilient wheat seed varieties and fertilizers to smallholder farmers in the target areas across the country was timely, saving many lives under the prevailing challenges of conflict.”

Mary Monyau, the Bank’s Country Manager for Sudan, elaborated on the scope and impact of the project. “This wheat production project, financed by the African Development Bank, became the heart of production at this critical moment in Sudan. It provided food security, yielding 645,000 metric tonnes of wheat this year, and also served as a critical crisis response intervention for internally displaced persons,” she explained. “More than 30% of the beneficiaries in the Northern State are IDPs.”

Monyau further noted that the project was built on earlier wheat production initiatives under the Technologies for African Agricultural Transformation project, implemented from 2018 to 2021. “We thank our development partner, the World Food Programme, for implementing this project and ensuring positive outcomes in at least five states, namely Gezira, Kassala, River Nile, White Nile, and Northern States, despite the active conflict in the country.”

Eddie Rowe, WFP Sudan Representative and Country Director, summarized the project’s impact: “The ongoing conflict in Sudan has had a devastating impact on agriculture. Sudan produced merely half the wheat it would have in a typical year. Thanks to funding from the African Development Bank, WFP was able to mitigate some of the impacts of this war on wheat production.”

The project distributed climate-adapted wheat seeds and fertilizers to over 170,000 smallholder farmers across five states during the 2023-2024 agricultural season. It covered areas in the relatively stable northern and eastern states as well as conflict-affected regions like Gezira and White Nile states. The project supported 16,000 newly displaced farmers, providing them with resources to rebuild their livelihoods, and supplied 12 harvester machines to farmers’ associations in River Nile and Northern states to reduce losses.

The yield of 645,000 metric tonnes of wheat this year accounted for 22 percent of Sudan’s total wheat consumption needs, with farmers reporting a 44 percent increase in productivity per hectare compared to the previous season.

As Sudan faces an unprecedented hunger crisis, with about 2.1 million people at high risk of severe food insecurity, investments in agricultural productivity are crucial.

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