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Obasanjo ‘Lagos hotels import carrots, lettuce and cucumber from South Africa,’ Ex-president says

Obasanjo also said that the current recession is a second chance given to Nigeria to get things right.

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Former Nigeria president, Olusegun Obasanjo. play

Former Nigeria president, Olusegun Obasanjo.


Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has revealed that some hotels in Lagos import vegetables from South Africa.

Obasanjo also said that the current recession is a second chance given to Nigeria to get things right.

He made the comments while speaking to The Nation in Abuja.

“Let’s do something, we must all pledge to do something positive, let us be producers, we are all consumers, but we can do more than that. You are either a producer, a financier, a researcher, an enabler, an advocate, a processor, a marketer, an exporter,” he said.

“Let us do something positive and productive. God is at this time, giving us another chance, hence the present situation of our economy, are we going to accept the challenge and move forward, if we don’t we will have ourselves to blame as a nation.

“We have the land, we have the population, we are about 180 million, now let me digress a little bit, almost all the vegetables that the hotels in Lagos are using are being imported from South Africa, carrots, lettuce, cucumber, now population of South Africa is only 50 million, we are 180 million and we cannot produce vegetables, I think it is shameful.

“There must be affordability, which means every family must be able to afford the food to make them live a healthy and an active life,” he added.

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Obasanjo also described food security as a situation where people have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.

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