Contrary to the daily experiences of hungry Nigerians, who are experiencing high inflation, fuel scarcity, insecurity, ASUU strike, President Buhari has said his administration is leaving Nigeria far better than he met.
Newsonline reports that President Buhari disclosed this in an email interview sent to Bloomberg on the state of the economy in line with his campaign promise on reviving the country’s economy.
“We leave Nigeria in a far better place than we found it. Corruption is less hidden for Nigerians feel empowered to report it without fear, while money is returned; terrorists no longer hold any territory in Nigeria, and their leaders are deceased, and vast infrastructure development sets the country on course for sustainable and equitable growth,” Buhari said.
Buhari said his administration has ensured that farmers-herders crises that have caused food insecurity in the country over decades have been put to rest through his administration’s Livestock Transformation Plan.
He said; “My administration is the only one in Nigeria’s history to implement a solution to decades-long herder-farmer conflicts, exacerbated by desertification and demographic growth. The National Livestock Transformation Plan, putting ranching at its core, is the only way to deplete the competition for resources at the core of the clashes. Governors from some individual states have sought to play politics where ranches have been established, but where they have been disputes have dramatically reduced.”
Buhari said the high cost of food prices would have been higher than what Nigerians are currently experiencing.
President Buhari said the Anchor Borrowers Programme of his administration was more instrumental in solving food inflation than what he met in 2015.
“We can only imagine what food inflation would be today had we not initiated organized programmes to boost domestic production. And still, we do not grow enough domestically.
“Initiatives such as the Nigeria Anchor Borrower’s programme, helping farmers compete against artificially lowered imports have boosted rice production to 9 million metric tonnes in 2021 from around 5.4 million metric tonnes in 2015. Even in the years of drought, rice production outstripped pre-2015 levels. Imports have fallen to near zero. We are making progress.”