President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Arc Kabir Ibrahim has urged youths in the country to unite and engage in agriculture and also brace themselves to elect competent individuals into positions of authority.
He gave the advice against the backdrop of youth restiveness and agitations for police reforms raging across country, which has resulted in fatalities and wanton destruction of public and private properties, in recent days.
According to Ibrahim, “if I were young again I would dissipate all my energy in agriculture and brandishing my voter’s card instead of protesting on the street.”
“I applaud the youth and sympathize with their plight but urge them to tactfully deploy their energies to cut a niche in the search for food security and political power in order to properly impact nation building generally.
“They are the future and should therefore jealously guard the continued existence of the country as one prosperous entity.
“The diverse peoples of one colour living in one country should be looked upon as a bankable asset rather than an impediment to prosperity,” he said.
Ibrahim noted that if the youth think and act as one, they’ll be able to build a prosperous Nigeria similar to Singapore.
He further advised them to shun anyone who attempts to set them against each other under any guise.
“I implore the youth to take advantage of the opportunities in their numbers, the potential of our Agriculture, their energies and voting power to impact their destinies and make Nigeria great,” he said.
He further lamented the rate of unemployment and the economic hardship in Nigeria today, while sympathising with the world and Nigerians for the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing the need to recognize the signs of looming hunger in Nigeria and the need to ramp up the food system to avert it.