Why I Walked After Eid-el-Kabir Prayers - Buhari
It is not what you are saying it is.
President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to critics that are making different comments about the 800-metre walk he opted for after Tuesday's Eid-el-Kabir prayers at Kofar Arewa Eid Ground.
He is still in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State and on Friday he met with representatives of the 5 local governments in Daura Emirate and he explained that the walk was not about proving his fitness level or scoring cheap political points.
"Much has been said about my walk in Daura, a few days ago.
"I didn’t and don’t need to walk to convince anyone about my health and the decision to contest for a second term.
"The people of my constituency came out in large numbers to see me, & the car in which I was had tinted windows.
"So I decided to come out of the car so the people could see me.
"People who know me know that I am not given to chasing cheap political points.
"I remain very grateful to the people for their enthusiastic reception.
"And let me say that we will not be distracted by politicking or anything else.
"The security and welfare of all Nigerians, young, old, female, male, remain our priority," he told the gathering.
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A spokesman for the President, Mr Garba Shehu, said President Buhari also informed his kinsmen that he had directed the Ministry of Agriculture and the Central Bank of Nigeria to review the processes on the issuance of loans to smallholder farmers.
"We want to make it easier for them to assess the loans, particularly the underprivileged people in the society.
"It has become necessary for the government to do this because banks will insist on collateral which majority of farmers do not have.
"For our agriculture policy to succeed, we must be able to reach small farm holders with loans without collateral.
"Collateral is always a problem with smallholder farmers," he said.
The President also highlighted the achievements of his administration on local rice productions which he said had, as expected, led to the reduction of imports by over 90%.
President Buhari expressed delight that young people were returning to the farms and reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to implementing policies that would promote agriculture.
The spokesman for the civil society groups in Daura Emirate, Yusuf Maiadua, applauded the President, saying he had achieved a lot to the delight of his kinsmen.
"You have made us proud, the economy is back on the path of growth and you have laid a solid foundation for the development of the country," Maiadua said.
Maiadua, who hinted the President of plans by the Daura Emirate to organise a massive rally for his 2019 campaign as soon as the ban on political campaign was lifted, requested that the president should make out time to attend.
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