Chief Kunle Kalejaye, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari, to prioritize investment in agriculture to reduce hunger and fast-track economic prosperity.
Kalejaye, said this while speaking with journalists at the ‘2019 Christmas Carols of the Nine Lesson’ held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital. He expressed worries over the rate of hunger in the country, warning that the country might sink into a season of hunger if urgent steps were not taken.
He said, rather than paying lip service to agricultural revolution, practical means must be explored.
“What I witnessed at a party about two weeks ago made me sad. I had never witnessed such a thing in my life. I saw young people struggling over leftover food that they were packing to give to their parents at home. This is very sad.
“I sincerely believe that the only solution is for government to invest more in agriculture. With this, more food will be available to feed our people and more jobs will be provided. It will also reduce the alarming rate of unemployment among our people, particularly, the youth.” He said.
He described the closure of the land borders by the Federal Government as a welcome development, saying, “There is no need for us as a nation to be consuming what we cannot produce. That action will also help the development of agriculture and agribusiness and eventually improve our economy.”
Kalejaye urged Nigerians to pray and be closer to God during and after the Christmas celebration.