President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that his decision to close land borders for two years was for the benefit of farmers in the country.
This came as he also hailed farmers for the record production of rice and other food commodities, expressing satisfaction that the agricultural policies of his administration were working to good effect.
Addressing the elected local council chairmen in Katsina State who paid homage to him to mark the Sallah celebration, yesterday, in Daura, President Buhari said:
“I have a good understanding of the country and its people. That is why we instituted those agricultural policies. I said we must grow what we eat and eat what we grow.
“This is a country that was once dependent on foreign rice. We closed the border to foreign rice. I said why can’t we eat Nigerian rice, and with the policies put in place, Nigerians are eating home grown rice.”
“I found a tough man (Hamid Ali) for the job at the Customs. One day, he came to me, saying that they had intercepted 20 fuel tankers about to cross the border. I said to him, ‘sell the fuel and the tankers and put the money in TSA’. Before this time, that money would have found its way to the numerous mysterious ‘government’ accounts,” he added.