Hardship: Looting NEMA’s warehouse shameful, disgraceful to Nigeria- Chief Lekan-Ojo


By Lanre Oloyede

Chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Jackson Lekan-Ojo, has described the looting of the warehouse belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria (NEMA) in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja as shameful and disgraceful to the image of the country.

Recall that some residents of the Federal Capital Territory on Sunday looted a NEMA warehouse carting away foodstuffs and valuable materials.

The residents looted three different warehouse located in the Phase 3 Region of the FCT area of Abuja.

Reacting to the incident, Chief Lekan-Ojo who condemned the looting in its entirety, blamed the development on the biting economic hardship people are facing in the country, which he said is traceable to corruption and irresponsible government.

The APC chieftain decried the level of poverty in the land calling on government at all levels to do something urgently before it degenerate into a major crisis.

He said: “When we say government should be upright particularly with regards to issue of corruption that led to hunger in the land, they will say we are talking too much. It is the adverse effects of government inaction that led to this and that is what we are seeing.

“When people lose confidence in the State they will take to self-help. We are not saying what they have done is right, but it was because of the hunger that made them resolve to self-help.

“It is a very bad to thing, it is a shameful thing that the citizens of the federal Republic of Nigeria are hungry and there is a particular warehouse where we have food and government did not release it. Is it until people die before they begin to distribute it?

Chief Lekan-Ojo advised the government of the day to take issue of poverty seriously and as a priority above other considerations.

“My advice is that government should cut cost, they should save money and face the issue of hunger and poverty in the land squarely that could lead to people going to burgle warehouses because before you know it, it could degenerate into kidnapping and robbery. Hunger will bring about anger will bring about crime and criminalities,’ he said.