Nigerian president says government policy of focus on agriculture paying off

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari on Friday told visiting former Prime Minister of Ethiopia Hailemariam Desalegn in Abuja that Nigeria had to go back to the land, as petroleum could no longer sustain the country, particularly with fluctuating prices. The Nigerian leader said agriculture has so far helped in generating employment.

“Today, we eat what we grow, and we have stopped the importation of many food products.” “We have embraced technology, and some people are even leaving the offices to go back to the land. And they are not regretting it. That is the feedback we get,” he said.

In his remarks, the former prime minister said he was in Nigeria under the auspices of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, which is working in 16 countries in Africa.

According to the former prime minister, Africa must emulate what is happening in other parts of the world with regard to agriculture, and Nigeria has achieved greatly, being able to stop rice importation.

“We want to champion the Nigerian policy at the continental level. We should have a common African voice on food self-sufficiency,” he added.

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