…. As aide says Makinde’s presidential advert fake***
Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State on Monday advocated home-grown solutions to Africa’s food security challenges.
The governor made the call while receiving management of WACOT and a deligation from Ivory Coast on a courtesy visit in Government House, Birnin Kebbi.
Bagudu observed that the Chairman, WACOT, Alhaji Faruq Gumel, who led the delegation, had recently led other delegations including the Managing Director, First Bank of Nigeria, and American Ambassador to Nigeria, among others.
“All these visits were in an effort for Nigeria to create home-grown solutions to problems that are both Nigerian and African.
“I have been here for the past six years when all these things have been taking place and if there is one person that can be credited as the engine room of all the policies that led to the achievements today is Mr Faruq Gumel.
“We have been talking about solving Nigeria’s problems, but you can’t solve Nigeria’s problems without solving West Africa’s problems and you can’t solve West Africa’s problems without solving Africa’s problems,” he explained.
The governor said Africa as a continent “is” smaller in population than two countries of the world.
Bagudu stressed that: “It is enough message for all of us that we should complement rather than compete with each other for the betterment of all.
“So, Nigerian Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has recognised that we shouldn’t have a policy for Nigeria that excludes others.
“We should have a policy for Nigeria that brings others to do the same, so that we can all do better together.
“We once had a rice festival six, seven months ago here in Kebbi and there was a delegation from Benin Republic led by the Foreign Minister and five other dignitaries, and we spoke about what we can do together to boost our domestic production, cooperate with each other so that we can do better.”
Bagudu said subsequently, when President Basoom of Niger Republic was sworn-in, he approached Nigeria with the same mission, adding that Buhari had reciprocated by responding favourably.
Earlier, the Chairman, WACOT, Alhaji Faruq Gumel, reiterated that the programmes introduced were meant to achieve Nigeria’s solution to Nigeria’s problems.
He noted with satisfaction that in the last five years, the company had been able to solve quite a few of the nation’s food security challenges, promising that the firm would continue to strive to actualise such dreams.
“What is pleasing is, as we are trying to do our own programmes locally, people outside Nigeria are watching us and taking notice of what we are doing.
“It is very pleasing when people come to commend you, to see what you have done and to seek guidance, support or advice on how to implement their own,” he noted.
On his part, Mr Yeboua Koffi, Special Adviser to Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Moctar Chafi, said Nigeria “is blessed by God based on what I have seen in our visit.
“Nigeria is blessed with smart people coming from different tribes, religions and ethnic groups all striving to achieve a common goal of success.
“It is evident that Nigeria will become the richest nation in Africa.
“To be honest, Nigeria in its brainpower should not limit itself to Nigeria, it should export its style of doing business to the rest of ECOWAS countries and perhaps call it United State of Nigeria or United States of West Africa,” he suggested.
In another development, Mr Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has said the advertisement in circulation linking his boss to 2023 presidential ambition is fake.
Adisa who disclaimed the advertisement in a statement in Ibadan on Monday, described it as one of the antics of fake news promoters.
He added that the advert which had the picture of Gov. Makinde and the Nigerian flag, as well as the picture of his CPS, should be disregarded.
“It is the usual practice of naysayers and detractors to seek to mix sour grapes in the basket of fruits, at a time when well-meaning citizens are celebrating the victory of the state football club that has just been promoted to Nigerian Premier Football League.
“Let it be stated clearly, however, that Gov. Makinde has no hand in any such campaign for the presidency, as he has always stated that tomorrow only belongs to God.
“It is unthinkable that the governor, who has cautioned supporters against mounting a second-term campaign for him, would launch a 2023 presidential campaign at this period.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Makinde will not change his belief that power belongs to Almighty God and that only God knows the direction He is taking every of his creation,” he said
Adisa said the media office of the governor had not, and would not race ahead of time to promote an ambition that the governor had not declared.
“Therefore, we urge members of the public to ignore the fake news,” he said .