Peter Obi regrets death of 9 in Sokoto stampede over relief materials

Presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, in the February 25, 2023, poll,  Mr. Peter Obi, has expressed regrets over the tragic stampede in Sokoto over relief materials meant for the less privileged, during which nine lives were lost and 30 others injured.

Obi in his X handle on Sunday, said: “The recent tragic stampede in Sokoto over relief materials meant for the less privileged is yet another unfortunate and avoidable tragedy.

“The stampede resulted in the loss of nine lives and left 30 others injured at the premises of Senator Aliyu Wammako’s house.

“This serves as a poignant reminder of the daily struggles endured by countless impoverished Nigerians.

“While acts of generosity, such as those demonstrated by Senator Wamakko, cannot be discouraged, they must not divert attention from the pressing need to address the underlying causes of poverty and inequality.

“It is truly disheartening to witness fellow citizens risking their lives simply to fulfil their basic needs, whether for sustenance or other essentials.

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“Rather than perpetuating a cycle of dependency on charitable handouts, our focus should be on cultivating an environment where all Nigerians have the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to society and also the capacity for self sustenance on basic needs.

“This is precisely why I am steadfast in my advocacy for a shift from consumption to production, a fundamental principle essential for our nation’s long-term prosperity and well-being.

“Through strategic investments in education, job creation, and entrepreneurship, we can empower individuals to attain self-sufficiency and propel economic growth from within.

“As a nation, we must prioritise the implementation of policies and initiatives that foster productivity and spur innovation, thereby lifting our people out of poverty and paving the way for a more sustainable future for all.

“Let us unite in our efforts to build a Nigeria where every citizen is afforded the chance to thrive and actively contribute to the collective prosperity of our nation,” he added.

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