President Muhammadu Buhari disclosed on Friday that the back-to-the-land policy of his administration has now made some Nigerians to leave white collar jobs for farming. He maintained that the federal government’s agriculture policy is paying off as crude oil can no longer sustain the country.
Buhari, who stated this at the Presidential villa in Abuja while receiving former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Dessalegn, pointed out that his administration reverted to agriculture, owing to the fluctuating prices of crude oil.
He further stated that his administration also stopped the importation of many food products, and as a result of the action, Nigerians now eat what they produce.
A statement issued by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, quoted the President as saying, “We needed to go back to the land, as petroleum could no longer sustain the country, particularly with fluctuating prices.
“Today, we eat what we grow, and we have stopped importation of many food products. There’s no foreign exchange to even waste again.
“Agriculture has also helped us to generate employment. 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”.
On his part, the former Prime Minister commended Buhari for his achievements, especially in the management of COVID-19 and agriculture.
He noted that he came to Nigeria on the auspices of Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa, adding that his organisation is working in 16 African countries and that any change in Africa must start from Nigeria.
“We want to champion the Nigerian policy at the continental level. We should have a common African voice on food self-sufficiency. Africa can feed the globe,” he said.