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Rice Distributed In Abia Not From Senate, Kalu Insists

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The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Orji Uzor Kalu, has come out to clarify that the rice that he shared with the people of Abia State at his country home, Igbere, between January 1 and 13, 2024, was from his OUK Foundation and not from the Nigerian Senate.

Providing clarifications about the controversy over the source of the items, the former Abia State Governor, via his official Facebook page, declared that he shared the New Year palliatives out of his own volition and the love he has for the people and the less privileged in society.
While speaking to the OUK media team, Kalu further stated that the kind gesture was made 38 years ago when he had not joined politics.

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Kalu siad: “I can confirm to you that the rice shared in Igbere, carrying my picture, is the normal rice from the Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation.”

“I have been sharing it with people since 1986, and we used to share it with the whole state, Abia North, Central, and South, and we also share it with the less privileged in other parts of the country.

“So, it’s not rice from the Nigerian Senate. Today is January 14, 2024; if we will collect rice for December 2023, I don’t know, unless we are collecting it tomorrow. For now, I haven’t collected any rice from the 10th Senate.”

In another report, the Governor of Abia State Alex Otti has claimed that the Nigerian civil war could have been avoided if reason was allowed to prevail by the leaders at the time.

Otti, who spoke in an address during the 2024 Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Umuahia, pointed that the loss of millions of lives during the war would remain a long-standing stain on the country’ s history.

The governor praised the sacrifices being made by men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces in protecting the lives, property and territorial integrity of the nation.

He lamented that the country is presently troubled by domestic insecurity and growing sense of uncertainty, adding that the Nigeria’s security system is overstretched by internal disturbances across the country.

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