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Monday, May 25, 2020

Buhari To Nigerians: No Money To Import Food This Year


ABUJA – The challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID-19 may have started impacting the Nigerian economy as President  Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the country has no money for food importation this year.

To this end, he has tasked farm­ers to seize the opportunity creat­ed by the rainy season to embark on massive productive agricultural activities, saying farming is the only option left.

The president said these short­ly after observing this year’s Eid prayer alongside members of his family and few presidential aides at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Sunday.

The Eid-el-Fitr prayer was ob­served in line with the protocol against mass gathering issued by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, while the protocol of so­cial distancing was also exhibited during the two-raka’at prayer.

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 farmers will go to farms and save the lives so that we can produce what we need in sufficient quan­tity so that we don’t have to import food.

“In any case, we don’t 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 guidelines and measures put in place against the spread of the deadly virus in the country.

He noted that the pan­demic had reduced both developed and developing nations to the same level, and advised Nigerians to always be careful so as to avoid infections.

He said: “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 have.

“So, it’s a very frighten­ing development and I ad­vise 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.”

The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, who also ob­served the Eid prayer with the president, thanked al­mighty Allah for sparing the lives of Muslim ummah throughout the Ramadan period.

Aisha, who enjoined Ni­gerian women to continue to be on the fore front of the fight against the coronavi­rus pandemic across the country, prayed that Allah would forgive the sins of those who lost their lives as a result of the virus, and grant them Aljanah Firdau­si (Paradise).

“We must thank the al­mighty Allah for the suc­cessful completion of the holy Month of Ramadan, despite the current difficult circumstances we found ourselves.

“I wish to thank the Fed­eral Ministry of Health and also the NCDC for their ef­forts in combating the pan­demic,” she said.

President Buhari had on May 22 pledged to conduct his Eid prayers with his family at home as directed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, who is also the President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI).

©Daily Independent

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