The Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday met with the National Security Adviser, NSA, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, and some ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, over food security and protests in some states.
The meeting, which lasted for about three hours, had in attendance the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Yemi Cardoso; Ministers of Education, Dr Tahir Mamman; Minister of Finance, Wale Edun; Budget and National Planning, Atiku Bagudu; among others.
In a short brief with journalists, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, expressed President Bola Tinubu’s worry over the development, stressing that the President has directed that the situation should be arrested by the Presidential Committee in order to reduce hardship on the populace.
He said, “We just rounded off a meeting. It is a special presidential committee to address the issue of food shortage or lack of enough food on the table of most Nigerians.
“This is just the beginning of that meeting. It is going to continue tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. The government is very concerned about what Nigerians are going through, especially what happened in Minna yesterday, and therefore the government is taking some action to ensure that Nigerians have some relief in terms of the availability of food on the table.”
“Of course, this meeting is not by itself exhaustive. It’s just like I said, the beginning. It is going to continue tomorrow and the day after.”
The Minister, who said that there is enough food in the country, added that some elements are trying to take advantage of the high food prices and the depreciation of naira to cause havoc.