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.
With due respect sir! The question we should ask #PMB and his short sighted government is that, can the present day #Nigerian produce what it's citizens can consume. I'm not a supporter of importation of food, but you can't put in punitive measures without preventive measures.
— Chikaagina (@chikaagina01) August 14, 2019
How can you stop food importation, when you are not self sufficient, we should first fix our electricity power supply, so that farmers can preserve their crops, we can't depend on the local farmers yet until the government can fix this problem first.
— Henry nnaoma IHEANACHO (@HenryNnaoma) August 14, 2019
The directive would protect farmers from kidnappers, Hon. Shehu? Wonderful.
I know for a lot of farmers don't even go to their farms because of insecurity. A directive should of been give to security agencies, Senate and assemblies to ban open grazing. That's a start.
— Liquid (@Mefoh_) August 14, 2019
Buhari wants to ban forex on food importation. But has he considered the ripple effects of the decision?
Has he considered that farmers would prefer to export than to sell locally, which eventually would lead to food scarcity since more money would be made exporting? 😊
— Ayemojubar 🇳🇬 (@ayemojubar) August 14, 2019
PMB&APC know there is hunger in Nig but have decided 2 punish those in d south 4 rejecting RUGA bcus d north can cope with what they produce
— Aitemej (@Aitemej1) August 14, 2019
Show me one business that is producing foods in the middle belt rather you are killing the people that are farming. The Almighty God would judge all those in sponsoring the killings across Nigeria. Nigeria cannot be the same with this attitude of Fulani bandits and herdsmen.
— Dei Yenemi (@DeiYenemi) August 14, 2019
Sir, you are wrong on this. 1. The @cenbank is independent (apolitical) & makes its own fiscal policies. 2. The directive will lead to massive inflation as farmers will create artificial scarcity by earning forex thru exports. We do not have food security in Nigeria! #RUGA👎🏾
— HENRY DAVID (@HENRYDAVIDZ83) August 14, 2019
This is one politician I respect alot but you are wrong senator. You don't put the cart before the mule and expect to move forward. First we need to put the infrastructure in place, protect the farmers and when production starts picking up to Feed the nation we can ban imports.
— akpa idoko (@akpaidoko) August 14, 2019