Agriculture remains Nigeria’s priority focus, pays off handsomely, says Buhari
Nigeria’s focus on agriculture under the current government is paying off handsomely, and Nigerians are not regretting it, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President spoke on Friday at the State House, Abuja, while receiving in audience, former Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Ato Hailemariam Dessalegn Boshe.
Adesina quoted the president as saying: “We needed to go back to the land, as petroleum could no longer sustain the country, particularly with fluctuating prices.
“Today, we eat what we grow, and we have stopped importation of many food products. There’s no foreign exchange to even waste again.
“Agriculture has also helped us to generate employment. We have embraced technology, and some people are even leaving the offices to go back to the land. And they are not regretting it. That is the feedback we get.”
The former Ethiopian Prime Minister congratulated President Buhari for achievements Nigeria has attained under him, especially in agriculture, and for the successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bishe said that he was in the country on the auspices of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, adding that the organisation was working in 16 African countries.
He said, “And if we want to change anything in the continent, it must start with Nigeria.”
The former prime minister stressed that Africa must emulate what is happening in other parts of the world as regards agriculture, and with Nigeria having achieved greatly, being able to stop rice importation.
“We want to champion the Nigerian policy at the continental level. We should have a common African voice on food self-sufficiency. Africa can feed the globe,” he added.