Farmers’ associations in the country have agreed to raise N100 million to buy presidential expressions of interest and nomination forms for Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to the farmers, they agreed to raise the N100 million as a token of gratitude for what Mr Emefiele has done for farmers in the country.
According to them, the chairman of the country’s central bank prioritized the commodities and agricultural value chain in the country.
Ibrahim Garba, one of the coalition’s founders, told reporters that the organization is made up of over 30 commodity groups from the federation’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to Mr. Garba, commodity associations are the most important stakeholders in the country ahead of the 2023 general elections. He went on to say that food security is the quickest way for the country to prosper.
“Agriculture is critical to national security.” Millions of Nigerians are economically empowered and gainfully employed via agriculture, our industries are revitalized, a diverse value chain ecosystem is formed, and food security is maintained,” he added.
He claims that in the previous seven years, Nigeria has carved out a place for itself as a country that has attained food self-sufficiency.
“In spite of the COVID-19 epidemic, Nigerians were never hungry.” Even when every country in the world closed its borders for over a year, we were never hungry.
“Only God knows what would have occurred if we had imported our food.” War would have resulted. But it was avoided because to the perseverance of Nigerian farmers and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s devotion to agriculture,” Madu Ndubuisi, a farmer leader from the South-east, stated.
Some publications stated on Friday that the CBN governor had chosen the APC candidacy presidential form, which later proved to be false.
Supporters and followers of the CBN governor have been urging him to run for president.
Posters indicating Mr Emefiele’s candidacy for the country’s top post began emerging in many places around the country few weeks ago.
However, Mr Emefiele has not acknowledged or rejected his interest in running for president.