President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that Nigeria has no money to import food, saying that the savin grace against the nation being thrown into hunger is for the farmers to take up the challenge of embarking on massive production of food.
The President, who spoke today, May 24 shortly after observing this year’s Eid prayer alongside members of his family and few presidential aides at the presidential villa, Abuja, said: “I hope the raining season would be bountiful, so that we get a lot of food.
“I wish the farmers will go to farms and save the lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quantity so that we don’t have to import food.
“In any case, we don’t have any money to import food. So we must produce what we are going to eat.’’
President Buhari advised Nigerians to strictly adhere to guidelines and measures put in place against the spread of coronavirus in the country.
According to him, the pandemic had reduced both developed and developing nations to the same level, even as he advised Nigerians to always be careful so as to avoid infections.
“Nigerians can see that the COVID-19 has reduced us, both the developing and developed countries, to the same level. In fact, we have least casualties than they we have.
“So, it’s a very frightening development and I advised Nigerians to be very careful and take the advice of the Ministry of Health. Ministers of Health have been doing very well, speaking and educating the citizens on the deadly virus.
“So Nigeria, we should be very careful.’’
The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, who also observed the Eid prayer with the president, thanked almighty Allah for sparing the lives of Muslim ummah throughout the Ramadan period.
Aisha, who enjoined the Nigerian women to continue to be in the forefront in the fight the Coronavirus pandemic across the country, prayed that Allah would forgive the sins of those who lost their lives as a result of the virus, and grant them Aljanah Firdausi.
“We must thank the almighty Allah for the successful completion of the holy Month of Ramadan, despite the current difficult circumstances we found ourselves.
“I wish to thank the Federal Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their efforts in combating the pandemic.”