President Muhammadu Buhari has denied that insecurity and flooding are to blame for the country’s food inflation.

This was revealed in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in honour of the Eid-el-Kabir message to Nigerians.

He assured that his administration is working hard to address food inflation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the impact of floods on agricultural activities in the country.

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Floods, according to the President, have caused widespread devastation to agricultural farmlands, putting a damper on efforts to boost local production in line with our policy of drastically reducing food importation.

He also stated that “no government in recent Nigerian history has invested as much as they are doing to promote local production of approximately 20 other commodities, through the provision of loans and various other forms of support to our farmers.”

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He reassured Nigerians that his administration was taking steps to address the country’s security concerns.

“We have begun receiving fighter aircraft as well as other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to combat terrorism and banditry,” he said.

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Apart from the destruction caused by floods to rice farms, the president explained, middlemen had taken advantage of local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians.

Apart from the destruction caused by floods to rice farms, the president explained, middlemen had taken advantage of local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians.

He explained that this has harmed their efforts to support local food production at reasonable prices.

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