President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said he was absolutely aware of the suffering and pains Nigerians go through to feed themselves and their families under his administration.
Buhari spoke during an exclusive interview with Channels Television, but asked Nigerians to see agriculture as an option.
“I’m absolutely aware of it (the suffering of the people).
“But like I said, look at the vast population of Nigerians, only 2.5 percent of the land revenues are being cultivated.
“We realised this rather too late, but we have to go back to the land (agriculture),” he said.
The President Buhari spoke on a number of burning issues ranging from security, economy, and politics, among others, adding that he has done much to recover about 18 Nigerian local governments formally occupied by the Boko Haram terrorists.
He assessed his administration’s performance since he assumed office in 2015, especially in the three key areas of security, improving the economy, and fighting corruption, pointing out that the situation has improved and his administration has continued to improve the economy, despite the nation’s dwindling resources.
His words, “For Nigerians to be fair with this administration is to try and find out from the time we won the election in 2015 till now, in the three promises we made – improving security, improving the economy, and trying to fight corruption; securing the country in the North East, if you ask anybody from Borno State, from Yobe State, from Adamawa State, there are a number of local governments – about 18 – that were in the hands of Boko Haram, no local government now is strictly in the hands of Boko Haram or ISWAP. So, in that respect, we have done something.
“In the economy, don’t forget and I challenge so many people to go and check with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, or the NNPC.
"The production (of crude oil) from 1999 to 2014 was 2.1 million barrels per day. When we came, somehow the militants were unleashed in the South-South.
“Production went down to half a million barrels per day, and coincidentally, the price again collapsed to about $37 per barrel. But look at what we did within the time frame and the resources available to us relative to the government we inherited.”