On Monday, Emir Aminu Ado Bayero conveyed to Remi Tinubu during her visit that hunger and starvation have intensified since her husband, Bola Tinubu, assumed office in May 2023.
“The hunger and starvation, though not new, have become more alarming and require urgent attention,” Mr. Bayero remarked, highlighting the pressing need for action.
Mr. Bayero also addressed the pervasive insecurity plaguing Nigerian communities, emphasizing the need for decisive measures to address the threats.
Recognizing Mrs. Tinubu as a key intermediary, the Emir stressed the importance of her role in conveying the reality of the situation to her husband.
“While there are various channels to communicate with the government, your influence provides the most direct means to inform Tinubu about the true state of affairs in the country,” Mr. Bayero noted.
Regarding the contentious issue of relocating key government agencies such as the CBN and FAAN to Lagos, Mr. Bayero called for transparency and clarity from the government, urging effective communication with the Nigerian people.
He emphasized the importance of enlightening the public about the government’s intentions and decisions, particularly regarding the relocation, to foster understanding and trust.
Mr. Bayero’s remarks on hunger and starvation come amidst nationwide protests over high food prices, with demonstrations erupting in Kano, Niger, Osun, and Lagos State last week.
A recent market survey conducted by Peoples Gazette revealed a nearly 100 percent increase in the prices of essential food items over the past nine months since Mr. Tinubu assumed office.
In response to public outcry, the president directed the Ministry of Agriculture to release approximately 42,000 metric tonnes of grains, including maize, millet, and garri, to alleviate the hardship faced by Nigerians.