President Muhammadu Buhari, has challenged Nigerian Farmers on the need to embark on massive productive agricultural activities this farming season, as Nigeria has no money for food importation.
The President gave the challenge shortly after observing this year’s Eid prayers, alongside members of his family, and a few Presidential Aides, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.
Recall, that Eid-El-Fitr prayers was observed in line with the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on Covid-19, while the protocol of social distancing was also exhibited during the two-raka’at prayers.
President Buhari, who spoke to State House Correspondents, 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 do not have to import food.
“In any, we do not have any money to import food. So we must produce what we are going to eat.’’
On the Covid-19 pandemic, President Buhari reiterated his advice to Nigerians, to strictly adhere to the guidelines and measures put in place against the spread of the deadly virus in the country.
He noted that the pandemic has reduced both developed and developing nations to the same level, and advised Nigerians to always be careful, so as to avoid getting infected.
He added: “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 is 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.’’