The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party in Ogun State in the last general election, Olufemi Oguntoyinbo, has urged the President Bola Tinubu-led Federal Government to tackle food insecurity in Nigeria to avoid increasing hunger and suicide cases.
He gave this advice on the sidelines of an award ceremony organised by the Oyo State Canteen Workers’ Union, held at the Recreation Club in Ibadan, the state capital, on Friday.
Oguntoyinbo said, “The biting effects of previous killings, attacks, and mass destruction of farmlands by herders in the North and some parts of the South West, which were rampant during the past government of Buhari, are now more pronounced.
“We raised the alarm then, and some stakeholders also sounded the bell of warning, but the insecurity situation, especially in most farm settlements in the North East and some parts of the South, was left unattended to by relevant security agencies.
“Now, we are paying dearly for it. With the current high inflationary rate, occasioned by the wobbling economy in Nigeria, the prices of food commodities have been further pushed up beyond the reach of the common man.
“The productivity of large-scale farmers has been negatively affected because a sizeable number of farmers in the agricultural value chain fled farms due to attacks by deadly bandits and hoodlums.
“There is hardly a day one is not disturbed by the sad news of Nigerians committing suicide. This is another reason President Tinubu should re-assess his economic blueprint and map out strategies to ensure effective security in all parts of the country and also checkmate the high inflationary rate. The Federal Government under his watch must also create an enabling socio-economic atmosphere capable of attracting investors to pave the way for employment generation.”