BY DAUD OLATUNJI, Abeokuta
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, raised the alarm over the food shortage in most of African countries, predicting that, the current food insecurity ravaging African nations may persist unless successive governments continue with the policies and programmes of their predecessors.
Obasanjo stated this during the his speech at African Regional Forum organised by the Center for Human Security of the Obasanjo Presidential library (OOPL), Kuto, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Speaking as a Special Guest of Honour on the theme: “Best Practice in Fostering Food Security in Africa”, Obasanjo submitted that, the only factor that can rescue African nations from food crisis was for them to “continually and indeed continuously maintain food security” and stop patronizing ‘cheats’ in all their policies.
The former president lamented that, rather than promoting food security and self-sufficiency, some government officers were fond of corrupt practices to the detriment of agriculture sector.
He however, expressed hope that African countries will get it right if leaders can demonstrate good political will that will sustain programmes and policies of their predecessors in office.