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Buhari expresses concern about population explosion in Nigeria

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Buhari after the Eid prayers

By Ayorinde Oluokun/Abuja

Former Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concern about uncontrolled population growth in the country, warning that it portends trouble for the future.

The former President said this while speaking to journalists shortly after joining the Emir of Daura, Dr Faruk Umar Faruk, to observe the Eid prayer at the township Eid ground on Sunday, Garba Shehu, his spokesperson said in a statement.

Reflecting on the massive crowds at the Eid in Daura, the former President expressed concern at unchecked population expansion, saying that it will bring a lot of problems to future generations.

“There is a need for greater discussion and awareness about this problem, as well as a need to invest more in education and health.”

However, Buhari said he is pleased that more Nigerians have taken to the farm to grow more food so as to bring prices down and feed the nation even as he wished everyone a happy Sallah.

He also urged Nigerians to return to the farm so as to tackle the problem of high prices of foodstuffs in the country.

“I am wishing everyone a Happy Sallah. May this special festival bring joy, prosperity and wonderful health to everyone.

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“I use this occasion to make an appeal to all citizens to make Nigeria self-reliant. Let us grow our own food. We have shown that we can do it. This is not the time to relent when we see prices going up.

“Let us buy what is produced in the country.

“The foundation of a prosperous and stable country has been laid by successive governments, and I encourage our youth, in particular, to continue to play an active role in various nation-building efforts.

“I urge the youth of the country to seek to know about the founding fathers of the nation, the important personalities of their regions, and derive inspiration from them.”

In conclusion, he said, “Considering the situation in the country, and in the spirit of the Sallah, let us help one another and be our brothers’s keepers. I wish everyone a happy Sallah.”

Speaking to members of the National Youth Service, NYSC who have maintained a tradition of paying homage to him every Sallah, the former president said “the scheme continues to be a strong fabric holding the country together”, and urged successive administrations “to continue to strengthen it.”

He described the NYSC as one of the greatest achievements of General Yakubu Gowon as Head of state.

As he has every year, the former president gave a cow, 10 bags of rice, and some cash to the NYSC members to celebrate the occasion.

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