By Lukman Olabiyi
An agriculturist, Mr. Musibaudeen Olorundare, has raised concerns over a possible food crisis in the weeks ahead, following excessive rains and floods that have ravaged a number of states in the federation.
Olorundare who is the managing director of Business Support Academy, raised the alarm at a seminar for Imans and Islamic clerics on farming in Lagos.
The seminar was organised by a non -governmental organisation, Al-Habbiyyah Islamic Society, with the theme: “ Capacity Strengthening for Employment”.
He noted that states in Northern Nigeria were more prone to flooding and have been the worst hit.
Giving analysis on skyrocketing cost of food, the agriculturist urged all Nigerians to get involved in farming on small or large scale.
He said the ravaging floods across the country would have long term effect and will result into famine.
“The issue of skyrocketing food prices started with insecurity across the country, while COVID-19 worsened the issue and with this current issue of floods ravaging every nooks and crannies of the country, Nigerians should brace up and prepare for severe food supply shortages that could cause increase in prices of agricultural products”, he said.
The Chief Imam and Executive Director of the society, Guard Adeyemi, in his welcome address, charged Islamic clerics to get their priorities right ahead of the 2023 general elections, urging religious leaders to be role model to their followers by doing the right things in moral and spiritual terms.
He charged the clerics not to solely depend on their congregants for survival and to be firm in preaching against immorality, corruption and social vices.