By Sodiq Lawal
Scores of farmers, under the auspices of the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), have congratulated Asiwaju Bola Tinubu on his victory, as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as winner of the 2023 presidential election. In a statement signed by AFAN National President, Kabir Ibrahim, described the victory of Tinubu as “the beginning of new epoch in the history of Nigeria.”
The farmers said “Bola Ahmed Tinubu marks the beginning of new epoch in the history of Nigeria as he represents ‘renewed hope’ for the prosperity of a richly-endowed nation yearning for an astute administrator, who has shown great aptitude in harnessing the capacity of capable lieutenants to turn around the fortunes of Lagos State. He demonstrated this aptitude in Lagos State by appointing people on merit to assist him and we are confident that he will replicate similar feats in giving meritorious service to Nigeria. All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) looks forward to work lock-step with him to bring about food security in Nigeria”. However, the apex farmers’ body in the country tasked the President-elect to fully implement the manifesto he presented to Nigerians, particularly on agriculture towards achieving self-sufficiency in food production, consumption and exports.
“I look forward to and sincerely encourage the President-elect to lead the country by appointing people, even if need be, across party lines on merit, to be able to implement his manifesto, especially around agriculture in order to make Nigeria food sufficient and thereby attain food security as well as the 17 SDGs (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), to make Nigeria work again. There is a lot of work to do to make Nigeria work by uniting all our people through minimising inequity and assuring inclusivity. Asiwaju has demonstrated these traits in his sojourn in Lagos to make me confident that he will do the same in the overall nation”, he added.