Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says it’s no longer feasible for Nigeria to rely solely on oil proceeds to fend for its growing population.
Obasanjo spoke at the weekend, when the leadership of the apex Socio-Cultural group in Tiv land of Benue State, Mzough U Tiv (MUT) paid him ‘appreciation and friendship’ visit at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Penthouse residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
The former head of state said that, with the rate the country’s population is growing, the oil and gas sector can no longer feed the nation
In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the former president enjoined Nigerians to see the country as for all, “to save it and restore to what God has created it to be,” Obasanjo, who was responding to the President-General, Chief CP Iorbee Ihagh’s (rtd.) speech said.
According to him, “Only farming and agric business could tackle the nation’s growing population. Farming and agric business is what will feed the nation.”
He called on the Tiv people to focus on farming and Agric business, noting that he had put the experience of having his farm burnt in Benue State behind him, as he hinted of having an industry established in the state next year.
Obasanjo said he was in support for the change of the leadership of the country from the North to the South, while the Middle-Belt region should continue to advocate for rotational presidency for the country.
He submitted that, “if Nigeria is ready to get it right, the 2023 election should be a turning point. We should not go for emotion that will destroy us,” Obasanjo, who was conferred with the title of a “Great Warrior” of Tiv land by the socio-political group said.