President Buhari has urged Nigerians who have farmlands to cultivate them, saying the government was very serious in the diversification of the country’s economy.
President Buhari Urged To Mobilize Nigeria Farmers President Buhari has urged Nigerians who have farmlands to cultivate them, saying the government wa…Jun 30 2016nigerianews.info
He stated that the economy was bleeding, stressing that the only option available was to go back to agriculture.
President Buhari made the call in Abuja on Wednesday night while breaking his Ramadan fast with traditional rulers from across the country.
He appealed to the traditional rulers to take the messages to their subjects, regretting that billions generated by the government had always been wasted on importation of food items that could be produced locally.
He also called on mechanized farmers to establish more of the agro-allied industries, using farm products as their raw materials to boost employment opportunities in the country. “In food production, Nigeria, we can feed ourselves and even export.
This is why we are seriously turning to agriculture; that is why I’m asking you, for our own survival as a nation state, keep on telling our people that whoever has a piece of land, please let him cultivate it even if he is going to cultivate what he will eat and feed his family,’’ he said.
“This is very, very serious representation I brought to you to please make sure that you mobilize your people to go back to farm to achieve self-sufficiency in food production,’’ he said.
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar said that members of the Traditional Rulers’ Council would continue to partner with the government for peace co-existence among the diverse ethnic groups in the country.