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No country can afford a population of starving people – Buhari

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… Reaffirms the commitment to food safety and price stability

President Muhammadu Buhari

– Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that no country can afford a population of hungry people.

The President also reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensure self-sufficiency in food production and the stability of the prices of basic products in the country.

President Buhari gave the assurance in a statement at the launch of Outgrow Hunger, Nigeria, an initiative of a non-governmental organization, the Agricultural Agenda Nigeria Initiative (AANI), founded by Mr. Ephraim Odemwingie.

The campaign was launched on World Food Day, which is celebrated on October 16 each year, and this year also marks the 75th anniversary of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), with the theme: “Grow, nurture, sustain. Together. Our actions are our future “

Welcoming the AANI campaign, President Buhari stated that the goals and strategies of Outgrow Hunger, Nigeria complement the government’s policies, programs and efforts on food security.

He said: “We are all aware of the many factors that have limited efforts to ensure self-sufficiency in food production in the country, leading to the current situation of fluctuating food prices.

”Despite the best efforts that have been made, challenges remain. But we too, as a government, have persisted in finding solutions, guided by the firm conviction that, with the natural and human resources that our country has, hunger is unforgivable ”.

In facing the challenges, the President affirmed that his administration believes in the effectiveness of shared responsibilities because the issue of food security affects everyone.

He said: “As the saying goes, a hungry person is an angry person. No country can afford a population of hungry people. “

President Buhari directed relevant government ministries, departments and agencies to explore opportunities, from the perspective of their different mandates, to support the campaign.

He also called on relevant state and local government agencies to join the campaign to keep its momentum alive during its two-year period.

The president told the organizers he was eager to personally participate in the campaign, adding: “Together, we must overcome hunger in Nigeria. It is in our common interest to do so. “

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