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Senate Chief Whip Ndume Criticizes President Tinubu’s Isolation from national realities

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Senate Chief Whip Ali Ndume (APC, Borno South) has raised concerns about President Bola Tinubu’s awareness of the pressing issues facing Nigeria, alleging that the President is disconnected from the realities outside the Presidential Villa.

Speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the National Assembly complex in Abuja, Ndume claimed that certain forces have effectively fenced off and caged Tinubu, preventing him from fully engaging with the country’s challenges.

Ndume’s remarks underscore growing frustrations with the Tinubu administration’s perceived inaction on critical issues such as security, poverty, and hunger. “Mr. President is not in the picture of what is happening outside the Villa.

“He has been fenced off and caged. Many of us won’t go through the backdoor to engage him. Now, they have stopped him from talking, and he doesn’t have public affairs managers, except for his spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, who writes press statements. Nigerians are getting very angry,” Ndume stated.

Highlighting the urgency of addressing food scarcity, Ndume warned that the unavailability of food could exacerbate the country’s existing crises.

“The government is not doing anything about the food scarcity, and it needs to act urgently. We don’t have food reserves. A food crisis is the worst crisis any nation can encounter. If we add that to the security crisis, it will be severe,” he cautioned.

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Ndume urged the President to become more aware of the nation’s realities and to engage with those who can provide honest feedback.

“The President should wake up. It seems he isn’t in the picture of what is happening because he has been caged off by plutocrats. He should open his doors and meet those who will tell him the truth,” he added.

The senator expressed concern over the lack of access to the President for crucial discussions, noting that even some ministers struggle to meet with Tinubu.

“The major problem with this government is that its doors are closed, to the extent that even some ministers cannot see the President, not to mention members of the National Assembly, who do not have the opportunity to meet with him and discuss the issues affecting their constituencies,” Ndume said in an earlier interview with BBC Hausa.

Ndume also criticized stakeholders for their insincerity in addressing the farmer-herder crisis, emphasizing that ethnic sentiments often drive contributions rather than genuine solutions.

Ndume’s candid critique reflects broader concerns within the political landscape, as Nigeria grapples with complex socio-economic challenges under President Tinubu’s administration.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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