President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he would not engage in promising anything during his current condolence and sympathy visits to states that have been affected by the herdsmen/local farmers’ clashes in which many people lost their lives and others displaced.
The President, who was reacting to plethora of requests by the people of Benue State at a Town Hall meeting with stakeholders today, Monday, when he visited the State, said that he would not make any promises during this trip.
“When coming back on campaign, if coming back on campaign, I may promise.”
He however expressed gratitude to God for the good rains this season, the successful efforts of the minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, an indigene of Benue State, whom he described as “a great asset in my government,” in his efforts to ensure quantum food production for the populace.
He said that his administration would continue to empower farmers with loans by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), even as he expressed happiness that the agricultural policy of his administration has led to 90 per cent reduction in rice importation.
President Buhari did not fail to commend Ebonyi, Lagos, Kebbi, Jigawa and Benue States for “doing extremely well.” [myad]