President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, in Daura, Katsina state, revealed that he warned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for the importation of food into the country, with the constant improvement of agricultural production and achievement of complete food safety.
The President, who hosted the governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Eid-el-Kabir’s lunch at his country house in Daura, said the foreign reserve would be conserved and used strictly for diversification of the economy and not to encourage greater dependence on international food import bills.
“Do not give a penny to anyone to import food into the country,” he said.
The President pointed out that some states like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano had already taken advantage of the federal government’s policy on agriculture with considerable gains in rice cultivation, urging more states to connect with the revolution in the course to feed the nation.
“We have achieved food security, and for physical security, we are not doing it wrong,” he said.
President Buhari said he was particularly delighted that young Nigerians, including graduates, began exploring agricultural business and entrepreneurship, and many published testimonials of good returns on their investments.
President Buhari said the incoming ministers would be “taught” and fully guided to ensure that they meet the objectives of the APC-led government for the people, with regular monitoring of their actions and the expansion of the goals by the Office of the Secretary Government of the Federation (OSGF).
The President assured that he would attend the Presidential Policy Retreat organized for the ministers by the OSFG and insisted on the fulfillment of the objectives established in critical sectors of the economy that will directly impact the livelihoods of Nigerians.
In his comments, the President of the Forum of Governors of Nigeria and the Governor of the state of Ekiti, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi, said that the President’s sense of justice, impartiality and openness had inspired the governors on the way forward for the country.
He said the challenges faced by the states “were enormous”, but that the governors had remained unperturbed, assuring the President of strong support and “the best effort” to overcome all obstacles.
The President of the Forum of Progressive Governors and the Governor of the State of Kebbi, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, thanked the President for the unique leadership style of maintaining a healthy relationship with the governors individually and collectively, noting that they had been “energized” to do what. More in their states.
The Governor praised the President for making bold and courageous efforts to reposition the economy of most Nigerians through inclusive policies.
“The country is safer than in 2015, and it is more prosperous than in 2015 because it is working for most people,” he added.
The Governor said the party had been repositioned, after the 2019 elections, to work for the benefit of most Nigerians, and noted that “there will be two elections this year and we have to work to win the two states.”