Nigeria: “Former AGF Michael Aondoakaa: Addressing Insecurity is Key to Achieving Food Self-Sufficiency in Nigeria”

Nigeria: “Former AGF Michael Aondoakaa: Addressing Insecurity is Key to Achieving Food Self-Sufficiency in Nigeria”

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In an exclusive interview with Arise Television, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Michael Aondoakaa, emphasized the potential of Nigerians to achieve food self-sufficiency if the ongoing security challenges are effectively addressed.

Aondoakaa highlighted that the current security situation in the country poses a significant obstacle to agricultural activities, especially in key food-producing states such as Jigawa, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, Niger, and Benue. He lamented that the insecurity has deterred farmers from cultivating their lands, leading to a decline in agricultural productivity and exacerbating the issue of hunger.

He pointed out that Nigerian farmers are typically self-reliant and contribute significantly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by producing their own food. However, the prevailing insecurity has disrupted their ability to farm, forcing them to resort to purchasing food items, such as imported rice and beans, from the market.

Aondoakaa emphasized that the current situation has led to widespread complaints of hunger, as farmers who previously produced their own food are now struggling to feed their families. He underscored the importance of addressing the security challenges to enable farmers to return to their fields and achieve bumper harvests, which would ultimately lead to improved food security and self-sufficiency.

In addition to addressing the security challenges, Aondoakaa also discussed the potential benefits of state policing in enhancing national security. He proposed that state police forces should be excluded from participating in political activities, such as elections and rallies, to ensure their focus remains on combating crimes related to terrorism, kidnapping, and other security threats.

He suggested that the framework for state policing should be established through an enactment by the national assembly, with clear limitations on their involvement in political activities. By separating state police from political activities, Aondoakaa believes that state policing can be an effective tool in addressing security challenges and improving overall national security.

In conclusion, Aondoakaa reiterated that addressing insecurity is crucial for achieving food self-sufficiency in Nigeria. He emphasized the need for concerted efforts to tackle the root causes of insecurity and ensure that farmers can return to their fields to produce food for the nation. Additionally, he advocated for the careful implementation of state policing, with a focus on enhancing security without compromising the political neutrality of law enforcement agencies.

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