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Famine fears for Nigeria: The Church of England Newspaper, November 11, 2012 p 6. November 13, 2012

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The Bishop of the Church of Nigeria’s On the Niger Diocese has warned his countryman to prepare for famine in the coming year in the wake of last month’s flooding of the Niger River from unseasonal monsoon rains.

Speaking at a memorial service on 14 Oct 2012 at All Saints Cathedral Onitsha, Bishop Owen Dozie Nwokolo urged Nigerians to stockpile food but also be ready to lend a help hand to those in need. “one way man can demonstrate the purpose for his creation is by lifting a heavy burden on his unknown neighbour and wiping his tears,” the bishop said according to The Tide newspaper.

Nigeria’s worst floods in nearly 50 years have killed 140 people and flooded much of the country’s farmlands in the Niger River basin. In the northern state of Kogi, NEMA state coordinator Ishaya Chonoko told Reuters 623,900 people had been displaced and 152,575 hectares of farmland destroyed so far.

On a tour of the flood ravaged region, President Goodluck Jonathan said the floods were a “national disaster”.  He told residents at one displaced persons camp:”We are thinking of how to settle you all back to your places after the floods. Government is doing everything possible to cushion the effects on you … it will soon be over.”

First printed in The Church of England Newspaper.

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