President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed disappointment with the Nigerian press over the coverage of his ‘go back to land agricultural revolution’ programme.
Speaking at a dinner for youth political appointees at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday night, he said the press did not give the credit of the ongoing transformation in the agricultural sector of the country to his administration.
Specifically, Buhari said: ” 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 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 queried the $16bn expended on the power sector during the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo in the country.
Buhari said the money was expended without anything to show for it in the country’s power sector.
” There was no power, they said they spent $16bn on power,where is it ?” he queried.
The occasion was attended by the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari.