President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Muslims in Nigeria on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Buhari also explained that flood and insecurity are responsible for the increase in prices of rams, cows and food items in the country.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu on Monday, Buhari urged Nigerians to be patient as his administration is working hard to address the hardship.
“Reflecting on current challenges facing the country, the President states that COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economies of all countries, including Nigeria, in addition to the fact that floods have caused large scale destruction to agricultural farmlands, thereby impacting negatively on our efforts to boost local production in line with our policy to drastically reduce food importation.
“This, he explains, has led to food inflation which the government is working hard to address.
“No government in our recent history has invested as heavily as we are doing to promote local production of about 20 other commodities, through the provision of loans and several other forms of support to our farmers.
“Apart from the destruction caused to rice farms by floods, middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices.
”As an elected president who enjoys the goodwill of the ordinary people that gave us their mandate, let me assure you that we are continuing with measures to bring relief to Nigerians, including making fertilizer available at affordable prices to our farmers,” the statement read.
He also noted that the current insecurity in the country has caused adverse effect on agricultural activities because farmers are prevented from accessing their farms by bandits and terrorists.
Buhari reassured Nigerians that his administration is taking measures to tackle the challenge of insecurity.
”We have started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to confront terrorism and banditry,” he said.
The President appealed to Muslims “to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices:
“Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam.
“As practising believers, we shouldn’t seek obscene profits by making life difficult and miserable for others. We should not seek happiness at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that urges us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.”