Recession: Nigerians are mischievous with their complaints – Audu Ogbeh
The minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh, has blamed Nigerians for the hardship they facing today. Stating that it is just a recompense for their deliberate ill choices in the past.
The minister stated this while addressing group of poultry farmers and commissioners of agricultures from the 36 states of the federation in Abuja on Tuesday.
“I know it is fashionable to be angry with Buhari and his administration. To go on television and say Nigerians are hungry. We inflicted it on ourselves, that’s the plain truth.” The minister said.
He also added that rice importers in the country who were praying for doom in the country during the 2016 festive seasons had been shamed, as the current administration has been able to manage demands with local production. He further stated that such people should henceforth desist from such unpatriotic calls for relaxation of ban on importation of food commodities that can be produced locally.
In his words, “there were fears that we are going to enter Christmas with rice selling at N30, 000 per bag. There were those who insisted that the only solution was to import more rice… we thank God they were thoroughly disappointed.”
The minister stated that such dream is a mirage that will not come to fruition.
He advised that people should brace the reality by helping the Buhari’s administration to correct mistakes of the past.
It would be recall that the federal government through the Nigerian custom service placed a ban on importation of rice through land boarders in the second quarter of 2016.
The reason given for the ban was that importing commodities that can be produced locally was eaten deep into the country’s foreign reserve. The Buhari’s administration whose stance remains “produce local and buy local” placed a ban on importation of rice and other wholesome products through the nation’s land border with a plan of total ban in 2017.
This development received hue cry from prominent Nigerians especially those with stake in the rice importation business in the country.
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