Chuks Okocha in Abuja
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lamented the rising case of insecurity in the northern part of the country, saying the situation would affect food security nationwide.
He called on the federal and state government to rise against the tide of insecurity, so as to address food scarcity in the country
Atiku in his verified tweeter handle said that farming remains the major occupation in the northern part of Nigeria, stressing that this occupation is greatly been affected by the insecurity in both the nort-east and north- west.
“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”.
The former vice president said that the insecurity the region is hampering any meaningful farming activities.
Atiku said, “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.”