President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to invest more in agriculture, assuring them that faster strides would be made through those investments as a nation.
According to the Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said this on Friday at State House, Abuja, while receiving members of Council for New Nigeria Initiative (CNNI), led by Senator Abu Ibrahim.
“We should invest more in agriculture, as we will make faster strides through it as a nation
“With our vast population and land, agriculture is the way to go. We bumped into it by experience and common sense when we came in 2015.
“We encouraged people to go back to the land, and God has been kind to us, giving us three to four good rainy seasons in succession,” President Buhari said.
The president added that those who went into farming had no regrets as he had instructed the Central Bank that not even one cent should be given for food importation.
“We now save millions of dollars that would have been expended on food importation. We are almost self-sufficient in food production, and that was why I told the Governor of the Central Bank that not even one cent should be given for food importation.
“We have got more people back to the land; employment is being generated, and we will do more of it,” he said.
He commended members of CNNI, which is the successor to the National Committee for Buhari Support Groups, “for volunteering to do an unpopular job,” noting that, “it shows commitment and courage on your part.”
Senator Ibrahim said the CNNI had the vision of a new Nigeria, where the leaders and the led were united in their commitment to advancing the cause of the nation, and the citizens’ sense of patriotism and pride was utmost.
“The objectives of the organization include: to serve as a platform for promoting the ideals of nationhood and responsible citizenship; stimulate and re-orientate the citizenry to become active participants in the nation- building process; serve as a vehicle that will alert government of economic, political and social initiatives that will benefit the citizenry; and mobilize support to fight corruption, secure the country, develop infrastructure and bequeath a legacy of positive socio-political change,” he said