President Buhari Challenges Nigerian Farmers on Enhanced Agricultural Productions

Buhari challenges farmers on food productions, says no money for imports

* Stresses COVID-19 frightening, Nigerians should be very careful

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As the Federal Government intensifies efforts at diversifying the nation’s economy away from oil and gas through agriculture, solid mineral exploration and exploitation, and and allied services, President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged the Nigerian farmers to essentially commence massive agricultural productions this farming season as the government does not have monies for food importation.

President Buhari was reported to have thrown the challenge at the farmers after observing this year’s Eid prayer with members of his family and few presidential aides at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

In his chat with the State House Correspondents, the President stated that “I hope the raining season would be bountiful; so that we get a lot of food.

“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save the lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.

“We don’t have any money to import food. So we must produce what we are going to eat.’’

He reiterated his advice to Nigerians on continued efforts at tackling Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) to strictly adhere to guidelines and measures put in place against the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

The pandemic has reduced both developed and developing nations to the same level, he observed, as he urged Nigerians to always be careful so as to avoid infections.

“Nigerians can see that the COVID-19 has reduced us, both the developing and developed countries, to the same level. In fact, we have least casualties than they we have.

“So, it’s a very frightening development, and I advised Nigerians to be very careful and take the advice of the Ministry of Health.

Ministers of Health have been doing very well, speaking and educating the citizens on the deadly virus.

“So, Nigerians, we should be very careful.’’

The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, who also observed the Eid prayer with the president, thanked almighty Allah for sparing the lives of Muslim Ummah throughout the Ramadan period.

Hajiya Buhari, who charged the Nigerian women to continue to be in the forefront of the fight the Coronavirus pandemic across the country, prayed that Allah would forgive the sins of those who lost their lives as a result of the virus, and grant them Aljanah Firdausi (Paradise).

“We must thank the almighty Allah for the successful completion of the holy Month of Ramadan, despite the current difficult circumstances we found ourselves.

“I wish to thank the Federal Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their efforts in combating the pandemic,’’ said the First Lady.

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