Presidency warns of impending famine in Nigeria

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The presidency has warned that Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market targeting the country’s surplus production.

Giving the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano on Monday, a spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, told Pyramid radio that the “huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian food across our borders and unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of grains by January next year.”

The presidential spokesman said the Ministry of Agriculture advised the president to call the attention of all Nigerians to the issue which, if not addressed promptly, could lead to a shortage of grains in the country.

“Over the past year, providence has blessed Nigeria with a bountiful harvest of grains, more than enough to feed the country and to export to other countries,” Mr. Shehu said.

“At present, there is a high demand for grains from Nigeria, from African countries as distant as Libya and Algeria, and from places as far away as Brazil. However, the ministry of agriculture has raised concerns about a massive rate of exportation, which could lead to a shortage of grains in Nigeria by January.”

He explained that Nigeria currently enjoys a free market situation.

“President Muhammadu Buhari is not in any way opposed to or intent on tampering with that. On the other hand, exporters also have a moral obligation to make their produce available to Nigerians who live within our country’s borders, to ensure that our citizens have access to food.”

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity the ministry of agriculture estimated that no fewer than 500 trucks loaded with grain leave Nigerian markets every week.

He listed the major markets involved in this troubling exportation to include the Dawanau market in Kano, Naigatari in Jigawa, Bama in Borno, and Ilela in Sokoto, as well as three other main markets in Kebbi State.

He further explained that President Buhari had on various occasions reiterated his plan for Nigeria to become a food-producing giant, self-sufficient to the point of depending very little on imported food.

“This noble plan could easily be defeated by the pull of the foreign market if food continues to leave our shores to feed people elsewhere. If care is not taken, Nigeria could face a famine by January,” he stressed.

“Building our country into the edifice we envision it to be will require sacrifice and strategy from every single Nigerian. Let us remember that charity begins at home,” Mr. Shehu said on the radio programme.


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  • Capt

    Just sit there and been warning ok, we will sort it

  • Dazmillion

    Suddenly Nigeria has surplus harvest but at the same time there will be famine in the land? This is a wicked government. Just as his economic Policies has failed same way his agricultural Policies have failed too. The time has come for Buhari to step down

    • Kofi

      …Buhari is dumb, brainless and a serial failure. Can’t u see how timid and unintelligent he sounds when he speaks? Barely audible, overly uninspiring and a colossal embarrassment to Nigeria and Africa. I thought Nigerians were smart people, to be frank I have met some brilliant Nigerians…they are everywhere but I really find it difficult to understand why and how Dunces emerge as politicians and leaders in Nigeria.

      • daniel

        We are working out a bad karma.

        • Olori Magege

          I agree totally. That is the only rational explanation for our experiences as a failed nation

      • grand maze

        I agree with you. Our leaders have always sold us short

    • Senator D

      The numbers don’t always add up; from 5% and 97% equals 100% to Kemi Adeosun’s 6Billion plus 16billion equals 24billion…Now surplus equals famine! This is serious wahala…

  • LadyRosely

    Buhari, Audu Ogbeh and this government are a special type of incompetent. Why not provide solutions?? Who alarm epp??

    • Kallah Bature

      “The Ministry of agriculture has called the attention of the President”.The Minister of Agriculture is all talk no action.Does the Minister expect the President to do his work for him?Whose responsibility is it to ensure that Nigerians are blessed with food to escape hunger.Mr. Minister please do your work and stop whining.At the end your performance will vindicate you.

      • Senator D

        Indirectly they just said the price of RICE will increase 100%… Mark my word!

    • Senator D

      Has God forsaken Nigeria? Why would Buhari NOT listen to the voice of reason and remove these bunch of incompetent clowns called MINISTERS? From the Minister who called Nigeria, “United States of Nigeria” to the one who threatened to revoke Bank’s licenses to the one who said, he never promised to fix Nigeria perennial power failure and so on… We are in for a bumpy ride!

  • OLODOnomics

    Nigerians cry me a river. Good for all of you. Brainless people. 200 million Mumus!

  • Mamman Bako

    Very strange! Very poor choice of communication yet again. This spokesman should be fired.

  • Olori Magege

    What a country!!! We are desperately looking for non oil export earners but “calling” for a ban on exportation of maize.
    Shehu should proffer solution. The real problem is that there will be famine next year due to poor harvest and Shehu is
    being economical with the truth. He is finding a “good” reason to explain proactively the failure of their agric policies.

    • Olu from South Africa

      You are likely on target. I find this difficult to believe too.

    • Senator D

      “failure of their agric policies.”? There was non-existent one from the beginning. It was about Grazing Reserve and grazing reserve and grazing reserve. Nothing else!

      • Olori Magege

        and importation of cattle grass from Brazil

  • Ibb

    Why can’t the Government buy the grains and sale it when the time comes. What are the Government Silos for? Is it not for the purpose of buying during harvest and selling when the need arises?
    This is minus one to Garba Shehu

    • Senator D

      Under Buhari surplus equals famine! This is serious wahala…

  • George

    This is a government of the Alartmic by the Atertmic and for the Alertmic.

    Crating excuses ahead for their intended failure what a wicked soulless people.

    • tundemash

      Go and sort out your education. You can’t survive anywhere with the creek education you have got. In just one short sentence, you can barely spell any word correctly!

      • Senator D

        How much has your education fetched you? More than Dangote’s???

        • tundemash

          Enough not to depend on those who stole your destiny for my daily bread.

      • George

        I will not survive you must be joking right.

        Your tribe has been so messed up that you people look for excuses everywhere. shameful.

        • tundemash

          Ethnic bigot ! I don’t depend on tribe to survive much unlike you hence you always fall back to your default mode: tribal sentiment!

  • RAPE on Niger DELTA

    There is massive poverty in the Niger Delta. There is nothing to show for the wealth of the region as monies from the region are used to develop Abuja and the rest of the country. The only benefit the oil producing and resource owners – Biafra and Niger Delta regions benefit from Nigeria are :
    – Pollution
    – Neglect
    – Violence
    – Military Occupation
    – Wanton arrest of its citizens
    – Harassment
    – Sponsored propaganda to defame
    – Bypass in political appointments
    – Hate, hate and more hate
    – Etc etc, etc

    …yet, the parasitic regions (Vultures) that feast on the resources of the Niger Delta want it to remain part of Nigeria even as they care not about the many artificial problems that oil exploration has brought to the people –Health issues / Diseases arising from toxic pollutants. Buhari never borrowed to clean up the Niger Delta or rehabilitate the displaced farmers and fishermen. But he borrows to resettle those reportedly displaced by Islamic terrorists – a people (Terrorists) he claims must not be killed.

    SECESSION is the only way for the Niger Delta and Biafran regions if they must achieve their potentials. Buhari can remain president of the rest of Nigeria and those of us who do not want to be associated with Nigeria in any way should be left alone to live our dreams and fly to our destination – have our own country. And this is what we must do. May God be with our freedom fighting comrades – the AVENGERS.

    • Suleiman Alatise

      Hold your leaders responsible, they remain your leaders even if you secede, and the same will still happen.

  • Abdullah Musa

    Is it presidency that should warn us about famine, or is it us who should warn presidency about it?
    Who mans the borders?

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    So, what am I supposed to do? Total crap.

  • Senator D

    “The presidency has warned that Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market targeting the country’s surplus production.
    Giving the grim forecast in a radio interview in Kano on Monday, a spokesman for the President, Garba Shehu, told Pyramid radio that the “huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian food across our borders and unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of grains by January next year.”

    The statements above contradict itself. “The largest producer of cereals and grains” then”risks famine next year” followed by “The huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian food across our borders”… WE can clearly see that Buharinomics is directly telling us that there would be food-shortage sooner than expected NOT actually 2017 but before then. Similarly, they are preempting our possible reaction so that they will say “It is not our fault afterall we warned you guys”… From all indications it simply means that Food security as promised by Buhari is a mirage in a parched and thirsty desert. Audu Ogbeh has woefully failed. While he was busy chasing Grazing Areas for cattle he lost vision and focus of his mandate.

    • Ismail Jamal

      Oga, na only u dey here? Or are u a rice merchant who wants to tripple profit during the xmass period?

      • Senator D

        Better go buy Christmas rice today ooooo… They just subtly announced the hike in bag of rice! Hahahahahaaaaaa…

        • Ismail Jamal

          Lol, no fear. Nothing dey happen

  • Senator D

    Nigerians are in for it. The price of Rice will skyrocket over the roof before the end of this month. It is actually rice they are talking about here indirectly telling us their policies on food security where all falsehood. How did we get to this point? God, why? Why?? Why??? If we in the Cities are screaming like this what about those in the rural areas and villages? God what have we done wrong?

  • Senator D

    Has God forsaken Nigeria? Why would Buhari NOT listen to the voice of reason and remove these bunch of incompetent clowns called MINISTERS? From the Minister who called Nigeria, “United States of Nigeria” to the one who threatened to revoke Bank’s licenses to the one who said, he never promised to fix Nigeria’s perennial power failure and so on… We are in for a bumpy ride!!!

  • Senator D

    Indirectly they just announced the price of RICE will increase 100%… Mark my word!

  • Senator D

    “…targeting the country’s surplus production.” How can surplus breed famine? Can someone please do the Maths for me? Am lost in these myriads of cacophony from the PRESIDENCY of General Mohamadu Buhari… The numbers don’t always add up; from 5% and 97% to Kemi Adeosun’s 6Billion plus 16billion equals 24billion… These Ministers and aides are first-class mumucious people…

  • Ahmed m sabitu

    What’s the problem with this Govt. They we should get back to farm we did,now when there is good harvest for export now they are complaining about the grain export.are they not the same people that discourage import now they are saying export will drain our markets. Too much wahala for this confused useless govt

  • Senator D

    “…targeting the country’s surplus production.” How can surplus breed famine? Can someone please do the Maths for me? Am lost in these myriads of cacophony from the PRESIDENCY of General Mohamadu Buhari… The numbers don’t always add up; from 5% and 97% equals 100% to Kemi Adeosun’s 6Billion plus 16billion equals 24billion and now surplus equals famine… These Ministers and aides are first-class mumucious people……..

  • Senator D

    “…targeting the country’s surplus production.” Are we NOT supposed to conserve/reserve the surplus in our SILOS? Is it NOT this same government that blamed PDP for NOT saving the surplus for the raining day? If we have surplus grains why are we still going to experience famine? The Buhari’s ways of thinking is so far above the thinking of average Nigerians, as the heavens are far from the earth, so is his thinking ability… He must be so intelligent and smart above everyone in Nigeria… Okay, we siddon dey look… Deris god ooooo…

  • Senator D

    Under Buhari surplus equals to famine. What will shortage or poor harvest now equal to???? Scratching my head for answers… Can anyone ep?

  • Senator D

    Why won’t there be famine when you are busy pursuing grazing reserve and grazing reserve and grazing reserve… Plus grazing reserve…Abeg make unah leave us alone ooooo…

  • Excisionist

    “Impending famine” ? Good Lord. This man has been sleeping. Doesn’t he know that there is already famine – thanks to the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen that he unleashes. For his ignorance and indifference, he deserves to be impeached.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    I cannot understand how some of these people in the Presidency think. Nigeria would want to find alternative sources of revenue and here was a veritable source. Now a representative of the presidency is complaining of huge exports that could lead to famine! Goodness me!

    Mr Garba Shehu, put on your thinking cap and note and know that in a situation like the one you have painted, the solution is just to increase production of this commodity and then dutifully set aside some quantity that would be marked, ‘not for export’. Then this quantity would be dutifully and expressly stored away in silos owned exclusively by the government agency, and in this case, the Ministry of Agriculture. I am disappointed also in Audu Ogbeh who cannot think out this kind of simple measure. This is not rocket science, by the way.

  • thusspokez

    The presidency has warned that Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer of cereals and grains, risks famine from early next year following a huge demand in the global market targeting the country’s surplus production.

    Is Garba Shehu again! Expect his boss to contradict him in the next few days. His claim of Nigeria economic self-harm or deliberately causing its own famine defies logic! But Garba Shehu talks the best shiŧ!

  • thusspokez

    The presidential spokesman said the Ministry of Agriculture advised the president to call the attention of all Nigerians to the issue which, if not addressed promptly, could lead to a shortage of grains in the country.

    An insight into how the Nigerian government works: The Ministry of Agriculture can’t make its own announcement, it uses the president as its spokesperson!

  • olayiwola

    Garba shehu is incompetent!! He should be asked to bring his secondary school certificate

  • olayiwola

    Where are the Hailers, I think they are needed to justify this o

  • thusspokez

    “At present, there is a high demand for grains from Nigeria, from African countries as distant as Libya and Algeria, and from places as far away as Brazil. However, the ministry of agriculture has raised concerns about a massive rate of exportation, which could lead to a shortage of grains in Nigeria by January.”

    This is unlikely, I refer readers to the International Grain Council (IGC) on “Grain Market Report” dated 27 October 2016. There is no indication or forecast of shortage in world grain; on the contrary, there will be surplus as shown in this IGC report below. Hence I can’t see shortages occurring in Nigeria as consequence of increase level of export to world grain market that has surplus.

    //————————————————-
    WORLD ESTIMATES (million tons)
    //————————————————-

    TOTAL GRAINS
    —————–13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17(29.09 27.10)
    Production 2008 2048 2003 2069 2077
    Consumption 1935 2007 1982 2049 2054

    WHEAT
    ——————13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17(29.09 27.10)
    Production 717 730 737 747 748
    Consumption 698 715 720 734 736

    MAIZE(CORN)
    —————–13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17(29.09 27.10)
    Production 998 1019 971 1027 1035
    Consumption 950 994 969 1019 1023

    SOYABEANS
    —————–13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17(29.09 27.10)
    Production 284 320 315 329 332
    Consumption 281 312 320 331 332

    RICE
    —————–13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17(29.09 27.10)
    Production 478 479 472 482 484
    Consumption 478 477 473 482 482

  • Gary

    Garba Shehu, what’s wrong with you? How does a bountiful harvest lead to famine at the same time? It’s either you think we are a nation of idiots or you are trying rather hard to make the govt. look like one.

    A nation, from the dawn of time, that experiences a good harvest, builds up its granaries or silos to purchase the grains from the farmers and thus control the supply into the local or foreign markets. Why is this govt. any different, now in the 21st century?

    If you can sell fertilizer to the farmers surely you can also buy their grains from them. Or encourage them to build silos to store the grains themselves and control the market.

    Bros, please think a little more before making the govt. look worse than it already does.

  • 678

    We don’t feed on grains and cereals ONLY! We have IYAN, EBA, FUFU, ISU DAGI, ISU IGANGAN, ISU GBAKUMO, IKOKORE, OGBOLO SOUP with IYAN, etc.
    So, Garba, you’re only speaking for the Northern Nigeria.