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Building Demolitions: Stop inflicting more hardship on Nigerians — Obi tells govt

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Mr Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, has appealed to concerned authorities to stop inflicting more hardship on the poor Nigerians.

He made the passionate appeal following the ongoing building demolition exercise in Lagos State.

The former governor of Anambra State in a statement posted on his official X handle, charged the state governments and the federal government to put a human face to governance as Nigerians are currently facing daunting economic challenges already.

He said, “It’s with complete despondency and unhappiness that I have followed the ongoing demolitions of properties across the country, especially knowing the extra hardship such acts have been heaping on hapless citizens who are already battling with multi-dimensional poverty.

“What a responsive government should be doing under the current harsh economic conditions in the country is to come up with measures aimed at alleviating the people’s hardships and to carry out measures that will take more people out of poverty.

“Even if there are some violations as the governments are claiming, this critical time is not auspicious for such an exercise knowing the hardship in the land and the consequences it will have on the poor who are struggling to make ends meet with their little resources.

“The poor in our midst who are putting their meagre resources are going through very severe financial stress that should not be multiplied further. In some cases, the properties being demolished are the lifetime savings and retirement abodes of the aged and incapacitated.

“My appeal therefore is for the respective governments involved in this act to consider the hardship in the country and try and put a human face to their actions. While we should enforce sensible regulations, all actions of government must show compassion.”

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