Nigeria to ban rice importation this year – Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that his administration will ban rice import in 2018.

The president said this in his New Year broadcast on Monday.

He said, “We have got to get used to discipline and direction in economic management. The days of business as usual are numbered.

“Two years ago I appealed to people to go back to the land. I am highly gratified that agriculture has picked up, contributing to the government’s effort to re-structure the economy.

“Rice imports will stop this year. Local rice, fresher and more nutritious will be on our dishes from now on.

“By the same token, I am today appealing to enterprising Nigerians with ideas and unemployed graduates and other able-bodied and literate men and women with ideas not to just sit and wait for employment from the government or the Organized Private Sector.

“Great nations are built by enterprising people who turn their hands to anything that circumstances dictate.”


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  • Idris Aliyu mahmood

    Very good my president…may almighty Allah continue to guide you in taking these bold decisions which are of vital interest to the growth and development of our dear country, ameen.

    • Paschal Charles

      Who is Allah?

  • nawawi

    Mr pressident be aware, one of our irrigation scheme at Wurno in sokoto which has collapsed for over 7 years is still lying in shamble,inplicting heavy suffering on the farmers have now resorted to tube wells which rely on motorice pumps,fuel cost is adding to the suffering in this farming season

  • Arabakpura

    The Presudent “Will” ban importation of rice this year! It takes two years to plan for this government; when exactly will the ban commence?


    This man has started again with the same kind of unguarded pronouncements that plunged the country into recession and hype inflation. Its clear he came to inflict pain on Nigeria. This year will bring an end to his rule. Some Irrigation projects are not working, some rice farms are have several serious challenged, we are not even able to produce what is enough for domestic consumption, yet this man making such pronouncents! What not quietly fix our rice production first and when harvest comes, then you slam the ban. This is common sense. You don’t even need elementary school certificate. Dear presiden Please start packing your load from aso rock sir. We won’t take allvthese nonsense anymore.

    • Musa M. Dantsoho

      Sadly, a social media political jobber who never treaded bush path to a farm, now analysing farm implements lacking. Very soon will be joined by a team of ignorant likes on the post. May God save Nigeria.

      • rules_emmanuelO.

        And he is entitled to his opinion as much as you.

    • Pluti

      But they said they will ban rice importation to Nigeria by 2018, since 2015. It’s been expected man, just go through old archives

  • Musa M. Dantsoho

    Mr. President, tread softly. Saboteurs lie on the fringe waiting to thwart all efforts towards ensuring self sufficiency. They had already moved to local markets in the north purchasing every available surplus and hoarding them. If the unscrupulous remain unchecked, very soon there would be scarcity of rice, corn and the rest.

  • Olatubosun

    Good initiave by the president Mohammadu Buhari…

    • stackCrawler

      A very good one

  • Olatubosun

    We need to go back to the farm

    • stackCrawler


  • Olatubosun

    Let’s go back to farm to appreciate our local industry

    • stackCrawler

      Please let us all learn to do that

  • Olatubosun

    We need to appreciate president Mohammadu…… He taught us many things in this country, all for the development of our glorious country

    • stackCrawler

      Yes ooo

  • We need to buy and consume our own product. That’s where development begins.

    • stackCrawler

      I agree with you on that

  • stackCrawler

    Out President is really working hard to make things right

  • uduakomiri

    Will local rice be on the menu of the president in Aso Rock? The government doesnt seem to understand that improvement in agriculture needs to go hand in hand with improvement in processing, packaging, storage, warehousing and distribution. Banning the only food Nigerians rely on to survive without any replacement can only make the situation worse not better.

    • Afonne Chimezie

      this is true

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    It is clear that the wicked and heartless regime led by Buhari know very well that local production is no where near enough. THE APC ARE PLANNING MASS STARVATION FOR NIGERIANS .