In response to escalating protests triggered by high prices and economic concerns in Nigeria, the Federal Government (FG) has emphatically stated that there is no food shortage in the country. The assertion came following a closed-door meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where key officials, including Chief of Staff Femi Gbajabiamila and National Security Adviser Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, deliberated on addressing the issues of food security and the ongoing protests.
The meeting, which lasted approximately three hours, involved discussions with the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yemi Cardoso, and several ministers, including those responsible for Education, Finance, Budget and National Planning, and Agriculture. The backdrop of the meeting was the disagreement between the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and opposition parties regarding protests in Niger and Kano states.
The APC accused the opposition of orchestrating protests against President Bola Tinubu, alleging that they were attempts to undermine the government. On the contrary, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), and Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) argued that the APC was responsible for the economic challenges and criticized the government’s handling of the protests.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, conveyed President Tinubu’s concern over the situation and assured that the government was taking action to alleviate the difficulties faced by Nigerians. He emphasized that there is sufficient food in the country and pointed out that the government plans to release stored reserves to ensure food availability.
As the nation grapples with the intersection of economic reforms, rising prices, and public dissent, the FG aims to implement measures to mitigate the impact on citizens. The government’s commitment to addressing the concerns raised by protesters underscores the complexity of balancing economic policies and public welfare.
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