Governors of the ruling political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress, APC, have met behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Journalists were not allowed in, but rising from the meeting, the Governor of Imo State in South east Nigeria, Mr Rochas Okorocha said the discussions centred on key national issues affecting the country.
“The governors met with Mr President and discussed a lot of issues as they affect our nation and out nation’s development. We came particularly to encourage him and congratulate him for the release of the 21 Chibok girls and we say whatever was the action taken to bring back this girls let the action be repeated so that the rest of the girls can be free, this will help because this is a very big achievement in the life history of this government.”
In terms of the economic recession facing the country, the Buhari government is trying to ensure the county comes out of the recession soon.
The government had stopped the importation of rice into the country, since it could be produced in the country. To the governors, it has started yielding results.
“Again, we came to report to Mr. President that his agriculture policy is producing result, this time around we have bumper harvest in most part of the country in rice production and other things. So that policy should be sustained. And the funding policy by CBN, the anchor borrowers should be encouraged because it is yielding results, in the next couple of years Nigeria would be self-sufficient in agriculture and would not need to import anymore food product into this country. That is a great achievement”.
Mr Okorocha also said the governors were unanimous in supporting President Buhari in the fight against corruption in the country.
There is no doubt that many Nigerians are facing hardship because prices of some goods have goe high but the governors said something serious is being done by the government as the Imo state governor went philosophical.
“There is no surgery that is not painful. Nigeria is going through a very serious economic surgery and that is the pains we are experiencing. We share the pains of Nigerians, every human being must feel it. We also feel what they are going through but we are asking for a little patience let us do things the right way and do it once and for all. I am sure that by next year you will begin to see changes, the price of rice will drop, prices of dollars will begin to stabilize and we will see a lot of challenges.”
“But at this painful moment, nobody likes it. It is like a woman in the labour room, when she is in the labour room there is no joy but she has to pass through that moment and that moment she doesn’t wear her high heel shoes ,no makeup, no champagne ,no party she is going through a process but shortly after that process joy cometh once she sees the child. So Nigerians should bear with us as a government,” the Imo governor concluded.