President Muhammadu Buhari said that he is “disappointed” in the Nigerian media over the inadequate media coverage of the administration’s agricultural revolution programmes by the Nigerian press.
“I’m very disappointed with the Nigerian press. They didn’t give this government the credit of the `go back to land programme. We have cut down the importation of rice by at least 90 percent,” he said while hosting a dinner for youth political appointees at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the press did not give the credit of the ongoing transformation in the agricultural sector of the country to his administration.
He said Nigerians were now leaving white-collar jobs for farming to tap from the revolution being witnessed in the agricultural sector, saying the country had achieved food security.
“I foresaw our problem in agriculture and did the right thing and today, people are much better, In terms of unemployment, our able bodied persons that do not have education and can’t get white-collar jobs, went back to till the land and today, none of them is regretting it.
“It’s very rare now to see idle people and the farmers are making money,’’ he added.
He said: “If people don’t feel good about this country, let them go and find out what is happening elsewhere but we are going to stay here and we are going to salvage this country together.
“I have gone through a lot, I have been Governor, I was in charge of our petroleum sector for over three years, I was Head of State and now I have come without the uniform and have visited each of the 774 Local government Areas in this country.
“The intention of this administration is to do the infrastructure and give education and healthcare to our people especially the poor.’’