Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria’s president, has argued that Nigerians have no right to complain of hunger under his regime, as according to him, those complaining of hunger should return to the farm.

The president noted that one of the policies he undertook upon assuming office in 2015 was to block the Nigerian borders from food importation and force people back to farm.

“I took that decision to stop rice importation and said we should farm what we eat or die of hunger. I said that since we have farm land and God has blessed us with rain, what reason does a Nigerian have to say he’s hungry?” Buhari wondered.

“If you are hungry, go to the farm,” he added.

Buhari who spoke in an interview with Tambari Hausa TV aired on Wednesday, said despite the flood ravaging farming communities, Nigeria can still feed itself.

He said, “I’m aware that floods have ravaged some farmlands this season but we are still selling rice made in Nigeria, and we can feed ourselves. Is that not an achievement?” Mr Buhari said. “We have workers who left their air-conditioned offices and went into farming, and they had bounty harvests. So, we are grateful.”

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