He recently revealed this on the occasion of the 23rd to 25th convocation ceremonies of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi, the Benue State capital.
According to him, these people are doing all they can to prevent Nigeria from growing by attacking agricultural players in Nigeria and creating food scarcity.
He added that Nigeria must decide whether her farmland and grazing areas are to be battlegrounds, or they are to return to their role of feeding the nation.
His words, “We approach a defining moment as a nation. A reckoning of special importance beckons. We must decide whether to give the truest meaning to our national motto “peace and unity” or we allow the agents of destruction and merchants of violence to have their way with us.”
“Terrible people and strong forces want to break Nigeria’s appointment with its greater destiny. These people have unleashed terror and violent criminality against us.”
“By attacking agricultural players across the nation, they seek not only to ravage the agricultural community, but to visit misery on the rest of the nation through food scarcity and food costs that poor people can simply not afford. In effect, these mean forces seek to impose a food production and distribution crisis on us by disrupting strategically important agricultural areas and activities.”
“We must decide whether our farmland and grazing areas are to be battlegrounds, or they are to return to their role of feeding the nation.”
“During this moment of food scarcity, we must launch a program to expand production of food staples. The concept of ‘agricultural sustainability’ advocates food production in a way that makes the optimal use of existing technical capacities by focusing on the most appropriate genotypes of seeds and livestock for our environment.”
“Here, both state and federal governments must subsidize the restart of agricultural activity interrupted by terror and criminality. These actions will serve to tame food scarcity and price inflation in the short run.”
“Increased productivity through greater mechanised farming will advance food security. We have one of the lowest incidents of mechanized farming in the world. Governments must work with local communities to establish farm cooperatives that will increase mechanization of agricultural production. The cooperatives should be structured in a way to finance more productive farm equipment, which cooperative members can use on a time-share basis.”
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