Ali Ndume, the Senate Chief Whip, has expressed that President Bola Tinubu is unaware of the anger and extreme hunger being experienced by Nigerians.

Ndume shared this sentiment with reporters at the National Assembly complex in Abuja on Wednesday, stating that the President is isolated in the Presidential Villa and shielded from truthful Nigerians who could provide him with an accurate picture of the situation.

He criticized the government’s lack of action in addressing the hunger crisis, highlighting a recent senate resolution urging the federal government to take immediate action or face backlash from the people.

Ndume co-sponsored a motion titled, “Urgent need to address food insecurity and market exploitation of consumables in Nigeria,” emphasizing the urgent need for intervention.

In his view, the current administration has not made significant efforts to improve the security situation in the country.

“Mr. President is not in the picture of what is happening outside the villa. He has been fenced off and caged. So many of us won’t go through the backdoor to engage him.

“Now, they have stopped him from talking, and he doesn’t have any public affairs managers, except for his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, who writes press statements.

“Nigerians are getting very, very angry. The government is not doing anything about the food scarcity and it needs to do something urgently. We don’t have a food reserve.

“There is unavailability of food. Food crisis is the worst crisis that any nation can encounter. If we add that to the security crisis, it will be severe,” Ndume said.

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He expressed disappointment that stakeholders had not been forthright in addressing the menace of herders in the country.

The senate chief whip stated that the menace of herders had also compounded the issues around food scarcity.

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