The presidency has urged Nigerians to adopt subsistence farming to combat the rising cost of food.

Mr. Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, made this appeal during a meeting with the Association of Corporate Online Editors (ACOE) in Abuja.

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A statement released by ACOE Chairman, Mr. Martins Odiete, highlighted the call to action. Onanuga referenced past initiatives like former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s “Operation Feed the Nation” in 1976 and the measures taken during former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in 1984 to address food shortages.

“This is not the first time we are going through this kind of crisis,” Onanuga noted. He emphasized the government’s current investments in agriculture and the vital role individuals must play in alleviating food scarcity.

Onanuga acknowledged the challenges facing President Bola Tinubu’s administration but assured that Nigerians would see positive outcomes from government efforts within the next twelve months.

“Though people complain about hardship, I told the BBC that cost of living crises exist globally. Maybe what is happening in the world is a cycle, and countries will have to go through certain difficulties.

We are going through it, but this government is making serious efforts to reduce the hardships faced by our people,” he said.

He also assured ACOE of a strong relationship with the presidential media team to ensure the accurate dissemination of news.

Odiete emphasized the importance of this partnership in providing essential information to Nigerians and thanked Onanuga for the meeting, noting that ACOE members are thoroughly vetted to maintain high standards of journalism.