President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Daura, Katsina State, disclosed that he
has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange
for importation of food into the country, with the steady improvement in
agricultural production, and attainment of full food security.
The President, who hosted All Progressives Congress (APC) governors to Eid-el-
Kabir lunch at his country home in Daura, said the foreign reserve will be
conserved and utilized strictly for diversification of the economy, and not for
encouraging more dependence on foreign food import bills.
“Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country,’’ he said.
President noted that some states like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and
Kano had already taken advantage of the Federal Government’s policy on
agriculture with huge returns in rice farming, urging more states to plug into the
ongoing revolution to feed the nation.
“We have achieved food security, and for physical security we are not doing
badly,’’ he said.
President Buhari said he was particularly delighted that young Nigerians, including
graduates, had started exploring agric-business and entrepreneurship, with many
posting testimonies of good returns on their investments.
President Buhari said the incoming ministers will be “taught’’ and thoroughly
guided to ensure they meet the targets of the APC-led government for the people,
with regular monitoring of their performances and scaling up of targets by the
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
The President assured that he will attend the Presidential Policy Retreat organized
for the ministers by the OSFG, and insisted on compliance with laid down targets
on key sectors of the economy that will directly impact on the livelihood of
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum and Governor of
Ekiti State, Dr John Kayode Fayemi, said the President’s sense of justice, fairness
and forthrightness had turned a major inspiration to governors on the way forward
for the country.
He said the challenges faced by states “were enormous’’, but the governors had
remained undaunted, assuring the President of strong support and “the very best
effort’’ to overcome all the obstacles.
The Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum and Governor of Kebbi State,
Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, appreciated the President for the unique leadership style of
maintaining a healthy relationship with governors on individual and collective
basis, pointing out that they had been “energized’’ to do more in their states.
The governor commended the President for making bold and courageous efforts to
reposition the economy for majority Nigerians through inclusive policies.
“The country is more secure than in 2015, and the country is more prosperous than
in 2015 because you are working for the majority of the people,’’ he added.
The governor said the party had been repositioned, after the 2019 elections, to
work for the benefit of the majority of Nigerians, noting that “there will two
elections this year and we need to work towards winning the two states.’’