Society must respect hardworking farmers – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday that a top priority of the present administration is to ensure that the efforts of hardworking Nigerian farmers are respected.

Speaking at an audience with members of the United Kingdom-based Foundation for Good Governance for Development in Nigeria at the State House in Abuja, the president said it is in this regard that he directed the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to bypass the knotty issue of collateral which he described as “a terrible colonial legacy,” so that farmers would get easy access to capital.

The president also identified smuggling as a threat to domestic agricultural production and processing, and promised to continue to fight the menace with all means available to government.

He assured that in addition to the focus of the administration on security, economy and the war against corruption, the administration would pay greater attention to education and health in the second term. 

“I understand our problems. I am acutely aware of my duty to my God and country. I will continue to do my best,” he told the support group.

Earlier, the leader of the group, which is mostly made up of scholars and professionals, Dr Arabo Ibrahim Bayo, said they came together on the basis of a shared passion for the country’s development, and in the firm belief that the president represents the best in terms of leadership that Nigeria can offer.

He commended the administration for the achievements in the last four years in implementing its three cardinal objectives of providing security, improving the economy and the war against corruption, and suggested the declaration of an emergency to tackle challenges in education and health sectors.

The group pledged support to the president for a formidable and enduring legacy.

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