The Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, has on Monday, inferred that the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, was responsible for the rising cost of commodities in the country.
The Minister, reiterated this position in Umuahia, at the second Town Hall Meeting for the South-East and the launch of the National Reorientation Campaign, “Change Begins With Me’’, in Abia.
Speaking on the state of the economy, the Minister said that it was corruption that made the prices of commodities to go up.
He noted that no economy in the world could survive the blind and reckless looting perpetrated by the previous administration.
He said: “If one person was found with almost $10m in an uncompleted house, and another with $136m in fake accounts, and other with N7bn, how can the economy survive this kind of looting.
“Naturally the price of commodities will go up.
“These are funds meant for development of infrastructure and for the provision of services.
“That is why you cannot do anything with the economy, without first facing corruption squarely.
“But the good news is that the government is doing both together, as we are fighting corruption, we are also making sure that we are ensuring we are out of recession, by investing heavily on infrastructure.”
Mohammed also pacified the audience who lamented the spate of attacks on farmers by the herdsmen.
He said contrary to the position of some elements who want to destroy the unity of the country, the government was not supporting any section of the country against the other.
He stressed, that it was purely a security issue, and it was being handled from both the Federal and the State levels.
“I want to make the appeal that the strength of Nigeria is in its diversity and unity.
“We have been living together peacefully before, and we shall continue to live together peacefully,’’ he said.
Speaking in the same vein, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, apologised on behalf of the Federal Government, to the farmers who had suffered from the ugly trend.
“We in the Ministry of Agriculture, are mostly affected in this crisis and frankly, we feel deeply disturbed about it.
“Like the two Traditional Rulers had said, you asked people to go and farm, and there is this problem of herdsmen tormenting them, and their cattle eating up their crops.
“It is affecting not only the farmers, but the food that they are supposed to produce and sell to the society.
“As a Farmer, nothing can be more upsetting to wake up and find out that my farm has been destroyed.
They have done it to me, and I know how it badly affected me, but we will bring the challenge to an end very soon,’’ he said.
Ogbeh added, that the Federal Government is training 3,000 agro rangers, who will protect farms in different places.
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