Our Politicians Are to Be Blamed For The Country’s Inability To Have Enough Food Production – Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, while delivering a lecture to mark his 86th birthday in Abeokuta, Ogun state, stated that the country has failed to take advantage of science and technology to develop its agricultural sector, he told citizens to put the blame on its leaders for not turning Nigeria into the food basket of Africa.
In his statement, “I believe that God has not created Nigeria as a basket case. God has created Nigeria for a great purpose.
“At independence, the world did not refer to Nigeria as a giant in Africa, no, they referred to Nigeria as a giant in the sun, Nigeria was more than a giant in Africa, it was a giant in the sun.
“But, not only have we not been the giant in the sun, we have not even been the giant in Africa. Some people called us giant with clay feet.
“So, we must continue to hold ourselves together, pray and understand all the factors and the elements that are making us not to be the giant but the dwarf of Africa and how we can get out of it and I believe and pray that we will get out of it.
“Food security is significant and for as long as we are not reasonably self-sufficient in food and nutrition security in Africa, we are, of course, not doing the right thing for ourselves.
“Science and technology have given us all that we need for food and nutrition security in Africa, what is left is political will and political action.
“And if we fail not to have food and nutrition security we cannot blame our scientists, we blame our politicians and our farmers