President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigerians would have die of hunger if he had failed to enjoin them to go into Agriculture. The President who also revealed that farming was Nigeria’s major source of revenue before the discovery of crude oil in the 1970s, made this declaration at a virtual meeting with members of the presidential economic advisory council (PEAC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He said unemployed Nigerians, particularly those without education, were persuaded to engage in agricultural activities. A statement issued by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, on Tuesday, quoted the president as saying his administration stopped food importation to allow farming to thrive. He said such efforts have also resulted in job creation and reduction of poverty.
“For us to bounce back to productivity, especially in agriculture, the unemployed with many of them uneducated had to be persuaded to go into agriculture,” he said. “If we hadn’t gone back to the lands we would have been in trouble by now. That is why we virtually stopped the importation of food thereby saving jobs and foreign exchange.” Addressing the issue of loans received under his administration, Buhari said the loans are being used to finance infrastructure with the aim of attracting foreign investments into the country.