Monday, 30 November 2015

Climate change: A threat to food security in Nigeria – Buhari

ABUJA – President Mohammadu Buhari in Paris, France on Monday stated that Nigeria is currently suffering from the effects of the climate change which he said have drastically affected food security.
Buhari spoke while presenting Nigeria’s position at the ongoing Conference of Parties 21 (COP21).
According to him, the challenges were also threatening human lives, adding that they have resulted in the destruction of many economic and social structures.
Also speaking on the devastating effects of insurgency in the country, the president also remarked the drying up of the Lake Chad Basin was consequent upon the effect of climate change.

He said: “Like many countries, Nigeria continues to witness the adverse effects of climate change in all its ramifications. Presently, we are reeling under the challenges of climate change as the frequency and intensity of extreme events like floods and drought are on the increase.
“These challenges have resulted in the destruction of many economic and social structures and more worryingly, threatening our national food production and security.
“The magnitude of insurgency Nigeria is facing cannot be completely explained away without taking cognizance of the threat of climate change. Without a doubt,
“Climate change is threatening not only the sustainable development of our social and economic activities but also the totality of human existence in our country as in other parts of the world.


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