Protect farmers from kidnappers, Shehu Sani tells Buhari

Former Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to protect Nigerian farmers from kidnappers for them to concentrate on local production of farm produce.

The former lawmaker stated this on his Twitter handle on Wednesday while hailing the order of the President banning the issuance of Forex for food importation, he described it as, “the right step.”

According to him, it would boost food production at home, however, urged the Central Bank of Nigeria to hand over Agric financing to the Bank of Agriculture, “and protect farmers from Kidnappers.”

Kidnap was described as an epidemic by a BBC reporter Kunle Falayi in his documentary titled, “Inside Nigeria’s Kidnap Crisis”

Buhari had directed Godwin Emefiele not to give a cent to anybody to import food into the country, saying by so doing, there would be a steady improvement in agricultural production and attainment of full food security.

The directive received mixed reactions from Nigerians about the independent of the apex bank.

A former deputy governor of CBN and presidential candidate of Young Progressives Party (YPP) in 2019 poll, Kingsley Moghalu, said the president should allow the CBN to independently carry out its responsibility without inference.

“Is @cenbank now a ministry to be “directed” by President @MBuhari? Article 1(3) of the CBN Act 2007 states ‘to facilitate the achievement of its mandate under this Act…the Bank shall be an independent body in the discharge of its functions,” he said.

 

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