Peter Obi Mourns Nasarawa University Students Lost To Stampede

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Akelicious earlier reported that some female students of the university were feared dead while several other students reportedly sustained varying degrees of injury after a stampede at the university’s convocation square on Friday, during the distribution of palliatives to the students.

presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) in the 2023 general elections, Peter Obi, has expressed his displeasure over the death of some students of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) who died during the distribution of palliatives to the students.

The National President of the Nasarawa State Students Association, Yunusa Baduku, who confirmed the incident to journalists, described it as horrible, saying that all the students who sustained injuries in the stampede had been taken to hospitals for medical attention.

Reacting to the incident, Obi in a series of posts on X platform described the incident as tragic and disheartening, saying that the worsening level of hunger in Nigeria had ontinued to claim the lives of innocent Nigerians.

Obi recalled the similar incident that happened in Lagos State last month where about seven Nigerians died in a stampede while trying to buy rice cheaper from a Nigerian Customs Service (NCS) warehouse.

He said that the unfortunate incident happened in a country that was richly blessed with human and natural resources, with vast arable lands for agriculture.

According to him, Nigeria should have no business with hunger and poverty if the leaders were caring enough, noting that it is unimaginable how Nigeria has sadly descended to a level where people take what he described as 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.

“We cannot be accepting food aids from war-torn Ukraine, when we have the energetic population and vast uncultivated lands to feed our nation and the rest of Africa.

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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