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Buhari Blames Flood, Insecurity, Middlemen For Rising Food Prices

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President Muhammadu Buhari has cited prevalence of excessive flooding, insecurity and unscrupulous practices of food products’ middlemen as some of the reasons for current high cost of food commodities in the market.

Buhari offered the explanation on Monday in his Sallah message to Nigerians, especially Muslims, to mark this year’s Eid El-Kabir celebration.

The President also restated the determination of his administration to create a just, harmonious and prosperous country in which the safety of life and property is assured.

According to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President, observed his administration, more than any other before, had put huge investment into the agricultural sector.

He appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the administration over the situation, assuring government was already working on easing the tension caused by some of the mentioned factors.

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Buhari Blames Flood, Insecurity, Middlemen For Rising Food Prices

Reflecting on current challenges facing the country, the President stated: “COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll on the economies of all countries, including Nigeria, in addition to the fact that floods have caused large scale destruction to agricultural farmlands, thereby impacting negatively on our efforts to boost local production in line with our policy to drastically reduce food importation.This, he explains, has led to food inflation which the government is working hard to address.

According to Buhari: “No government in our recent history has invested as heavily as we are doing to promote local production of about 20 other commodities, through the provision of loans and several other forms of support to our farmers.

He said: “Apart from the destruction caused to rice farms by floods, middlemen have also taken advantage of the local rice production to exploit fellow Nigerians, thereby undermining our goal of supporting local food production at affordable prices.”

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“As an elected President who enjoys the goodwill of the ordinary people that gave us their mandate, let me assure you that we are continuing with measures to bring relief to Nigerians, including making fertilizer available at affordable prices to our farmers.”

The President also notes that the current insecurity in the country “has produced severe and adverse effects on agriculture because farmers are prevented from accessing their farms by bandits and terrorists.”

“Let me also use this opportunity to reassure Nigerians that we are taking measures to address our security challenges.We have started taking delivery of fighter aircraft and other necessary military equipment and hardware to improve the capacity of our security forces to confront terrorism and banditry,” he adds.

Speaking on the significance of the Eid El-Kabir celebration, the President appealed to Muslims “to demonstrate the good virtues of Islam through personal examples and practices: Taking advantage of the celebration to exploit fellow citizens through outrageous prices of food and rams is inconsistent with fine virtues of Islam.

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“As practising believers, we shouldn’t seek obscene profits by making life difficult and miserable for others.We should not seek happiness at the expense of others. Remember that Islam is a religion of charity that urges us to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.

“I urge all Muslims to continue to live in peace and harmony with their fellow Nigerians of other faiths in the spirit of peaceful coexistence.Let us pray for the progress of Nigeria at all times. Let us expose undesirable elements among us who are creating security problems for the country.”

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Yoruba, Hausa’s Clash In Ogun Community Leaves Seven Dead.

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Ibese community in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, was on Tuesday, thrown into confusion as Hausas and Yoruba motorcyclists clashed, leaving seven persons feared dead.

Our correspondence learnt that the crisis started on Monday between the two groups of motorcyclists which snowballed on Tuesday into a bloody crisis.

The motorcyclists, said to be operating at Dangote Cement factory junction, were said to be fighting over an increase in daily ticket fees from N600 to N800.

It was gathered that no fewer than seven persons were feared dead in the crisis said to have been turned to an ethnic one.

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Yoruba, Hausa’s Clash In Ogun Community Leaves Seven Dead.

However, the State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in an interview with newsmen, could not confirm the number of casualties involved in the crisis.

He assured that the command was on top of the situation and urged residents to go about their normal businesses.

Oyeyemi, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said, “The issue is currently under control. It was a minor struggle that had snowballed into a serious crisis.”

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Gunmen Raid Suleja Community, Abduct Children From House To House.

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Gunmen, suspected to be Fulani Terrorist bandits, have raided Kwankwashe, a Suleja community located along the Suleja-Madalla road, Niger State, abducting residents, including children.

A witness said the victims on Wednesday morning from three houses and a hotel within Unguwar Fulani area of the metropolitan town.

According to Daily Trust, a resident, Faith Lucky, whose two children a 17-year-old girl, and a 15-year-old boy, were taken, said she became aware of their presence when they started hitting her compound’s gate.

She said it took them about 20 minutes to pull down the gate.

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“I woke up my children immediately and made an attempt to glance toward them through my window. But within a few minutes they rushed towards there and broke part of the window’s burglary.

“They flashed light, and pointed a gun towards me, directing that I should open the room’s door.”

Gunmen Raid Suleja Community, Abduct Children From House To House.

The woman added that in the process, they forced them to surrender their phones along with the available money in their possession, before leaving with the two children.

Another woman said the gunmen arrived in her compound around 1am, and that she, along with her husband, were able to escape.

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She said the attackers were able to reach the section where her visiting mother and brother in-laws were.

“So my brother-in-law remained with mama who could not move away. That was how they abducted him and also took our other belongings like phones, laptops, as well as clothes and shoes,” the woman said.

A resident, who simply gave his name as Ruben, said the attackers who also abducted two hotel staff in the area, adding that they operated for more than an hour before fleeing on hearing the police siren.

Efforts to speak to the Suleja Police Area Commander, ACP Sani Badarwa, was not successful as at the time of filing this report, as his orderly who responded to our reporter’s call made to his contact, said that his boss was attending a meeting.

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How Fulani Herdsmen Overpowered Policemen, Soldiers In Plateau – Victims

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Security operatives who visited the scene of the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Miango Community in Plateau State retreated and scampered for safety, some residents have told SaharaReporters.

A source in the community told SaharaReporters that the attackers, who came in their hundreds, overpowered the police and the military during a gun battle.

The Fulani herdsmen overpowered the police operatives and continued terrorising Jebbu-Miango and Kpachudu communities.

The source, who confided in SaharaReporters, explained that the community was invaded on Monday and continued on Tuesday night.

“During the attack, 50 persons were killed, while about 2000 houses in total were burnt to ashes. There is increased tension in the communities as everyone had deserted the areas.

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“Thousands of our people have become homeless,” he said.

Nuhu Bitus Nga, another witness, also confirmed that “in the continuous attacks, the gunmen stormed Jebbu-Miango and Kpachudu communities again after the security men withdrew. The herdsmen burnt to ashes more than 500 houses, carted away properties and domestic animals. They killed four aged parents in our community. Amongst the mansions destroyed were four churches – all burnt to ashes.”

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