Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president in Nigeria also ran for president against President Buhari in 2019
Nigeria’s former Vice President during the administration of former President Olusegun Obsanjo, Atiku Abubakar has cautioned that the rising case of insecurity in the northern part of the country would affect food security nationwide. His warning is coming a few days after his former boss, Obasanjo called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to do something drastic about insecurity of lives and property in the country.
Atiku who is highly concerned at the number of lives lost every day in Nigeria as a result of insecurity called on the federal and state government to rise against the tide of insecurity, so as to address food scarcity in the country.
Using his social media handle, the former VP said that farming remains the major occupation in the northern part of Nigeria, stressing that this occupation is greatly been affected by the insecurity in both the nort-east and north- west. He tweeted, “Farming is not just an occupation for the majority of the people of Nigeria, but also, the lifeblood of the North. Northern Nigeria is synonymous to agriculture”.
Insisting that the insecurity in the region is hampering any meaningful farming activities, he added, “As someone engaged in agriculture myself and whose company is dependent on products from farmers, I know that denying the people the freedom to farm in a rainy season as we are experiencing now, is the greatest disservice to the region and by extension, the whole country.”