*Says insecurity having adverse effect on agriculture
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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in a Sallah message told Nigerians to cooperate with his administration in the fight against insurgency by exposing sponsors of insecurity in the country.
President’s spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, in a statement to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir said Buhari also called on all Nigerians to live in harmony with one another irrespective of religion.
Urging Muslims to pray for the progress of the country, he also said all the undesirable elements causing security issues in the country should be exposed.
The President said, “Let us expose undesirable elements among us who are creating security problems for the country.
“I urge all Muslims to continue to live in peace and harmony with their fellow Nigerians of other faiths in the spirit of peaceful coexistence. Let us pray for the progress of Nigeria at all times.”
The President said his administration is determined to create ‘just, harmonious and prosperous country” where safety of lives and property can be guaranteed.
He said that the current security crisis in the contry was having adverse effect on agriculture as farmers cannot freely access their farms as a result of the activities of terrorists.
He however promised that the situation is being addressed, adding that the government has started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment.
He said, “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.”