President Bola Tinubu has pledged to undertake measures aimed at expanding food production and transforming Nigeria into a net exporter, amidst the escalating challenges of hunger and hardship in the country. This commitment was revealed by Ajuri Ngelale, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement issued on Sunday following a visit by a delegation from the Global Tijaniyya Movement, led by Khalifa Muhammad Mahe Niass, to Tinubu at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
President Tinubu emphasized his administration’s determination to provide support for plans and initiatives aimed at assisting Hajj pilgrims. He underscored the significance of spiritual pursuits in nation-building, reaffirming his government’s dedication to supporting religious activities.
Furthermore, Tinubu stressed the importance of collaboration between political and spiritual leaders to advance the nation’s interests and foster unity among its people.
On agriculture, the President outlined plans to bolster agricultural productivity through various initiatives, including expanding farmlands, providing low-interest loans to farmers, and significant investments in irrigation infrastructure.
“We are dedicated to equipping hospitals with modern equipment, providing healthcare professionals with training, and ensuring social welfare for every citizen, including comprehensive health insurance coverage.
“Nigeria will become a net exporter of food. We are bringing thousands of tractors. Food production will be greatly expanded through aggressive mechanisation. We must be productive as a people. That is the Sunnah and the principles I grew up understanding,” he said.
Sheikh Mahe Niass, the Khalifa of Tijaniyya, speaking on behalf of the delegation, commended Tinubu for his unwavering commitment to Nigeria’s peace, progress, and stability.
He expressed confidence in the President’s leadership and conveyed the emotional support and prayers of the Global Tijaniyya Movement members to the Nigerian leader.