Food Crisis: Atiku Urges FG, States To Establish Food Security Taskforce

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Former vice president and presidential can­didate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elec­tions, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has urged the Federal and States governments to estab­lish a food security military task force to provide security for the nation’s farmers.

Atiku, who was reacting to the warning given by the Food and Agriculture Organ­isation of the United Nations on Wednesday, July 29, 2021, of a looming acute food crisis in Northern Nigeria, explained that such a warning should not be ignored.

In a statement he issued on Friday, titled ‘Let Us Address This Looming Food Crisis Before It Becomes a Calami­ty,’ the former vice president noted that the dire warning should be seen and heard as a whistleblowing moment that ought to draw the focus of the Federal Government, being that Northern Nigeria is the food basket of the nation.

He noted that any famine in Northern Nigeria will have a national impact on the rest of the country and cross border impacts in the West African sub-region.

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According to Atiku, the laissez-faire approach taken by the Federal Government to this most important issue is regrettable. “Food security is a vital part of national security, and where this issue is not re­solved, the resultant crisis may unsettle the nation and her im­mediate neighbors.

“Now is the time to proffer solutions, so that our coun­trymen and women do not starve in a land with so much prospective abundance,” the statement read in part.

While suggesting ways on how to avoid the looming cri­sis, he explained that the major cause of the present and loom­ing dearth of food is insecurity

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