President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment with the Nigerian press over the coverage of his ‘go back to land agricultural revolution’ programme.
The president said this during a dinner for youth political appointees at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday night, noting that the press did not give the credit of the ongoing transformation in the agricultural sector of the country to his administration.
“I’m very disappointed with the Nigerian press. They didn’t give this government the credit of the go back to land program. We have cut down the importation of rice by at least 90 percent,” he said.
He further said that Nigerians are now leaving white collar jobs for farming to tap from the revolution, saying “we have achieved food security.”
The President said he appointed Chief Audu Ogbeh as the Minister of Agriculture in view of his experience in the sector.
“Ogbeh went to a bank, borrowed money and invested in the agriculture. He suffered but eventually he paid the money. So, you cannot have a better person than somebody who has suffered in the sector,” he said.
The President also took a swipe at former president Olusegun Obasanjo, saying the $16bn expended on the power sector had nothing to show for it.
“There was no power, they said they spent $16bn on power, where is it ?” he queried.