The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, to restore peace, order and harmony in the country.
According to him insecurity is a major issue militating against the progress of the country. Disclosing this in a statement obtained by IbrandTv, the economic guru opined that farmers find it difficult to cultivate, because of the fear of the bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram that have killed many innocent people in the country.
Read his full statement below:
Farming is not just an occupation for the majority of the people of Nigeria, but also, the lifeblood of the North. Northern Nigeria is synonymous to agriculture.
However, the insecurity the region is battling with at the moment is hampering any meaningful farming activities. As someone engaged in agriculture myself and whose company is dependent on products from farmers, I know that denying the people the freedom to farm in a rainy season as we are experiencing now, is the greatest disservice to the region and by extension, the whole country.
Hence, I urge the Federal Government in collaboration with the governments of the states in the region to take the security challenges seriously, because, failure to overcome this will be problematic for the whole country. A hungry nation is a troubled nation.
While we hope and pray for our security agents to overcome these challenges, citizens should organise themselves and also be vigilant in detecting the movements of criminal elements in their areas. Hard times don’t last forever. Together, we shall overcome our challenges.”