By Nwafor Sunday
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday urged Nigerian youths to maximise opportunities in agriculture, noting that ‘agriculture’ is the future of the country that will provide them with everything they need including respect.
President Buhari with Mr Wale Tinubu CEO of Oando, Alhaji Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, Former Ekiti State Governor Niyi Adebayo and others shortly after his meeting with Chief Executives of United State Companies in Blair House on 30th April 2018
Speaking at Blair House, Washington DC, the President at a meeting with the Chief Executive Officers of six American agricultural companies and their Nigerian counterparts including Aliko Dangote and John Coumantaros, again lamented the challenges of the country’s youth bulge, with sixty per cent of the population below 30 years.
Buhari reiterated the need to assist Nigerian youths to access opportunities in agriculture, saying that ‘Agriculture’ is proving to be the bedrock of the nation’s new economy.
In his words, “We realized, rather belatedly that we ought to have been investing in agriculture. We are now aiming at food security because of our large population. Our youths, the ones who have gone to school and even those that have not, should go to the farm, to earn respect for themselves.
“Agriculture is providing jobs for millions of our citizens and we are doing well towards the attainment of food security and jobs. The media may not appreciate the work we are doing but we will shock them by the success we are recording.”
President Buhari welcomed the several investment proposals being put in place by the Americans and their Nigerian counterparts.