You have no reason to complain of hunger – Buhari tells Nigerians to embrace farming amid high cost of living ‣ Star Potter

You have no reason to complain of hunger – Buhari tells Nigerians to embrace farming amid high cost of living ‣ Star Potter

Amid the high cost of living in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has asked citizens to embrace agriculture or be ready to starve to death.

Buhari stated in an interview with Tambarin Hausa TV, a Kano state media outlet, that despite the floods that had devastated the farming communities, Nigeria was still able to feed itself.

He added that one of the policies he undertook when he took office in 2015 was to block Nigerian borders from food imports and force people back to farm.

He said: “I made the decision to stop importing rice and said we should grow what we eat or starve to death.”

“I said that since we have farmland and God has blessed us with rain, what reason has a Nigerian to say that he is hungry?”

“If you’re hungry, go to the farm. I am aware that floods this season have devastated some farmland, but we still sell rice made in Nigeria, and we can feed ourselves. Isn’t that an achievement?”

“We have workers who left their air-conditioned offices and went farming, and they had bountiful harvests. So we are grateful.”

Meanwhile, banditry, insurgency and other criminal activities have driven thousands of farmers from their fields during the last seven years of Buhari’s rule, as insecurity envelopes vast swaths of unmanaged space in Nigeria, particularly in the north.

For example, in November 2020, according to the United Nations, fewer than 110 farmers were killed by Boko Haram terrorists in northern Borno.

It was also learned that many villagers in northern states such as Niger, Kaduna and Katsina pay taxes to bandits and insurgents to work peacefully on their farms.

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