Shehu Sani, former central senator of Kaduna, reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s call to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop supplying foreign currency for importing food into the country.
Latest Nigeria News reported Tuesday that Buhari, while hosting the governors of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Eid-el-Kabir’s lunch at his cottage in Daura, said the foreign reserve will be preserved and used strictly for diversification of the economy and do not encourage greater dependence on import bills for foreign food products.
Buhari said: “Don’t give a cent to anybody to import food into the country.’’
The President noted that some states like Kebbi, Ogun, Lagos, Jigawa, Ebonyi and Kano have already taken advantage of the Federal Government’s policy on agriculture with huge returns on rice farming, urging more states to plug into the ongoing revolution to feed the nation.
“We have achieved food security, and for physical security we are not doing badly,’’ he said.
Reacting in a tweet, Sani wrote, “the President’s directive to the CBN to stop issuance of Forex for food importation is the right step forward” as this will boost food production in Nigeria.
He said: “The President directive to the CBN to stop issuance of Forex for food importation is the right step forward.
“It will boost food production at home.
“Next is to hand over Agric financing to the Bank of Agriculture & not CBN & protect farmers from Kidnappers.”