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Nigeria has declared a state of emergency due to the food crisis.

Nigeria has declared a state of emergency due to the food crisis.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has declared a state of emergency due to the food security crisis in the country,  his special adviser Dele Alake said.

“In line with the Administration’s commitment to providing support to the most vulnerable, the President has declared the following provisions effective immediately: A food security emergency is declared immediately,” Alake said.


The Nigerian government had previously canceled a fuel subsidy program that cost the government $10 billion a year. As a result of this, and also due to recent floods in the rural areas of the country, fuel and food prices have skyrocketed, resulting in a sharp drop in demand for food due to its high cost.


According to Alake, the country’s authorities will direct funds previously allocated for fuel subsidies to support the agricultural sector.

He also said that in the coming weeks, the authorities will put in place a series of initiatives to fight inflation and ensure a continuous supply of affordable food for the people of the country.

In May, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) spokesman Jens Laerke warned that some 4.3 million people could suffer famine in Nigeria in the summer, tying it to a lean season in the country’s northeast.