President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday, vowed to pay more than mere lips service to the agriculture sector, as crude oil and gas exports will no longer be sufficient as the country’s major revenue earner.
The special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, revealed that the president of the country made the declaration at an audience at the presidential villa, Abuja, while speaking with Dr Kanayo Nwanze, the Nigerian-born president of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
“It’s time to go back to the land. We must face the reality that the petroleum we had depended on for so long will no longer suffice. We campaigned heavily on agriculture, and we are ready to assist as many as want to go into agricultural ventures,” the president said.
He also pledged that his administration would also cut short the long bureaucratic processes that the Nigerian farmers have to go through to get any form of assistance from government.