The Presidency has warned that Nigeria is at risk of a food shortage.
Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said that the country would suffer a famine if the “mindless export of Nigerian grains” did not stop.
“Huge demand for our grains in the global market is creating an excellent environment for the mindless export of Nigerian grains,” Shehu said while speaking during a radio interview in Kano.
“Unless this is curtailed, Nigerian markets will be bereft of food by January next year. Over the past year, providence has blessed Nigeria with bountiful harvest of grains, more than enough to feed the country and to export to other countries.
“At present, there is a high demand for grains from Nigeria, from African countries as distant as Libya and Algeria, and from places as far away as Brazil.
“However, the ministry of agriculture has raised concerns about a massive rate of exportation, which could lead to shortage of grains in Nigeria by January,” he added.
Shehu however said that President Muhammadu Buhari would not tamper with the trade of the exporters but expected them to fulfill their moral obligation to make their produce available to Nigerians.