Nigerians Dying From Preventable Hunger – Atiku

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Atiku and Buhari

By KATO P. LADAN,  Kaduna

Former  Vice President,  Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has said that it is quite unfortunate that Nigerians are dying from preventable hunger.

According to a statement signed by the Director Media and Publicity,  Atiku Care Foundation,  North West Zone,  Okpani Jacob Onjewu Dickson,  made available to newsmen on Friday, Atiku expressed  this while addressing the  Internally Displaced Persons  (IDPs) in Marafa,  Zamfara  State on Thursday.

He said with proper planning and a robust  economy,  the   farmers being  displaced from their  ancestral  homes  would  have  been there,  contributing to the nation’s food security.

The Wazirin Adamawa who was represented by the National Chairman,  Atiku Care Foundation,  Ambassador  Aliyu Ibn Abbas told them not to despair but hope for brighter days to come.

Ambassador  Abbas  said that the foundation is not  for politics,  but to touch lives of the less privileged.

He said Atiku was worried  that several times his assistance to the less privileged  was not  reaching them, a development  that informed  the floating of the foundation.

“Atiku  was a nobody,  his parents  were nobody,  but he grew against  all odds to where he is today,” you too can be somebody tomorrow, ” he encouraged .

He explained that this foundation has for the past three  years  been touching  lives.

He described  Atiku as a man that is known for many things  besides  politics  like several  businesses  he has been running  before  becoming  a politician.

“There is hunger  in Nigeria  and people  are yearning  for someone,  a true leader that  would  change the negative  stories  to positive.,” he said.

He assured  that if Atiku  is elected,  the country would  experience  several  positive changes.

Chairman  Atiku  Care  Katsina State, Honourable Aminu Kabiru said that they were there to  sympathise with the IDPs on the unfortunate conditions they  have found themselves.

The foundation’s Zonal  Director North West,  Lawal Abubakar  Zannah  said that Atiku  observed  and disappointed  by happenings,  he decided to assist.

He appealed  for them to  pray  for Nigeria  to be  peaceful and prosperous.

Chairman of the  IDPs, Alhaji Muhammadu  Abubakar  thanked Atiku Care Foundation for the gesture on behalf of the thousands of beneficiaries.

He also thanked the Marafa community for taking them in and providing for them.

An IDP, Kabiru Idris from Wunaka  community  in Zamfara  State, said that he has been at the camp alongside his  two wives and 10 children for  four  months.

Another IDP,  Rukayya Adamu who said she escaped  bandits from Kukar Gandu with her five children,  said they have  been  at the  camp for three months.

She also appreciated the noble gesture of Atiku Care Foundation.

All state  chairmen  from the North West geo-political  zone were present.

Items worth millions of Naira presented to the IDPs include bags of rice,  cartons of  pasta,  washing detergent, bags of semovita, gallons of  oil and cartons of  instant  noodles.

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