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Opinion: If 80 Million Nigerians Are Unemployed At This Stage, Then Let’s Go Farming – Omokehinde


Opinion: If 80 Million Nigerians Are Unemployed At This Stage, Then Let’s Go Farming – Omokehinde

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September 4, 2016 – Opinion: If 80 Million Nigerians Are Unemployed At This Stage, Then Let’s Invest In Agriculture – Omokehinde

Opinion article by Popular commentator Omokehinde

If close to 80 millions Nigerians are unemployed or underemployed, it means that our nation is in a serious trouble. But we must approach our unemployment rate of about 40% with facts, solutions, and the reason for that high rate?

Before the oil exploration in Nigeria with millions of hecters of fertile soil, our economy was agricultural based. Immediately we started exploiting crude oil and making good money, everyone abandoned our agricultural sector for white collar jobs in the cities of Lagos, Ibadan, Port Harcourt and Kaduna. However, the negative effects was not felt in those days because we had shortage of university graduates in the 60s, 70s, and up to early 80s.

But today, our demand for graduate is at negative rate because we are not a progressive or productive nation but a consuming nation. A nation with insecurity, unstable electricity, bad roads and bridges, and with terrible health care problems cannot attract any foreign or domestic investors.

Many major Nigerian manufacturing companies have left because it cost far more to provide because of lack of constant electricity supply. Only a pure f**l or ignorant person or people will blame President Buhari for our current economy recession.

Infact, the recession started with Jonathan administration when about 34 states are unable to pay salaries of their workers due to over 70% reduction in oil revenue from 2014 to date. The problem is inability of Jonathan administration to save for the raining days when we had oil boom at $150 /barrel for five years of his six disastrous years as president. We were here today because of looting, embezzlement, mismanagement, misappropriation, money laundering operations, and corruption of our politicians and military rulers of over 40 years.

If not for God intervention that gave us PMB, Nigeria would have completely turn upside down to Animal Kingdom because those animals in human body that stole billions of dollars would have continue to embezzle the little revenue been generated today.

The quick fix and only solution to cut down our youth unemployment is massive investment in Agriculture by local, state, individuals, and federal government. People should relocate back to their various villages, home towns, and birth homes where there are plenty of land to start farming, poultry cask crops, cocoa , rubber, timber, coffee, in small scales and commercial qualities.

No government provides jobs for the citizens but government responsibility is to provide conducive environment like providing electricity, security, modern health care, and other infrastructures that attracts both foreign and domestic investors.

Can PMB provide all these basic Infrastructures in the face of reduction in federal revenue, Niger Delta Avengers destruction of oil pipes, corrupt legislative, corrupt governor like Fayose and with Nigerian tribalism, ignorance, and impatience? The answer is capital ” No”.

Nigeria didn’t know nor appreciate what PMB is doing now because those corrupt bastards left him a nation on life support, and cast away with billions of dollars of people’s money to enjoy life with their families.

I repeat, only an insane or pure ignorant or a very wicked person will blame President Buhari for our current economy hardship and poverty.

Agricultural is our only option right now.



  1. Amanda

    September 4, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    I have said this before. Folks need to return to the farm. But unfortunately most dont want to do that. They see themselves as “too big” for this silly career {farming}.

    I also dont blame them bcus to that farming now will attract quiet sums at outstart. Thats really my target to invest in agriculture, livestock (not chicken) and fish depot. Thats seems to be lucrative business far as i know.

  2. Metu Nyetu

    September 4, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    IT IS very true that Buhari is not the direct cause of our economic plague today. To say he is, is just obstinately evading the real issue. It all started many years ago. GEJ then gave it a finishing touch. But Buhari would NEVER be absolved from blame if he makes ill-advised decisions that plunges the nation further down the abyss of recession, like he apparently does now. Previous governments have been spendthrift and unreasonably expensive. PMB shouldn’t maintain this status quo even as we preach the agricultural sermon that had hitherto been spurned by Nigerians.

    THERE IS a term known as Hibernation, those days in our Biology class, a phenomenon where certain animals shut down major metabolic activities when the weather is harsh. This saves them energy, and enables them to outlast the adverse condition.

    IF ORDINARY ANIMALS KNOW when to cut off business as usual, human beings should even know much more to do away with wasteful logistics in the face of a harsh economic weather as we have found ourselves in. Even as Nigerians grab their hoes to head back to the woods, the government should prove responsible enough by being strictly judicious with spending.

  3. huchennar

    September 4, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    @omokehinde i never knew a literate like you could write such word “Only a pure fool ignorant person or people will blame President Buhari for our current economy recession.”
    let me ask you a question is it a must that you become a leader? if no then what do wyou expect from a man who contested thre times (good delivery i guess because you would have read that their is a strong motive driving him). but when he his elected and he seems clueless what do you say about that!?.. if you want to become a leader you should read situation and have plans for it if he really had plans then he should have invested in Agriculture.. buhari for me is too slow to rule a country like Nigeria.


  4. huchennar

    September 4, 2016 at 8:56 PM

    nice opinion sir @omokehinde but i would like you to always remove sentiments when discussing issue that will be our benefit to us all.
    sir @omokehinde i know right from onset that you are a die hard APC though you made some really good thought but you must not forget that Agriculture as now grown from what it use to be in those days.farming now requires more than holes and cutlass in this present age.. 21st century equipment are know needed i.e. tractor harvester fertiliser and co.

    Agriculture can go along way to help but we need equipment and we can only depend on people above us for that either by Subsidizing or lending.


    • red

      September 5, 2016 at 12:45 AM

      Beautifull comment.Am a fan dear Huchennar.

  5. red

    September 4, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Na wa oooooh for this kind write up !
    Bros who fed you *****?
    Where is the fund to start the farming ? Where is the land ? It’s easier said than done sha a.

  6. fifelomo

    September 4, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    Another brilliant write-up by Ogbeni Omokehinde. I second your opinion.????

  7. red

    September 4, 2016 at 9:30 PM

    I was actually talking to the writer.

  8. Big Aunty Koks

    September 4, 2016 at 9:39 PM

    Yes and those of us with “brown fingers”whose efforts at planting anything turns the plant brown color instead of lovely green as in the illustration above,we can rear animals or even plant our brown crops for use as manure for the green fingered people.** wink**.

    I tried growing some palms some years back but the frequent rate they caught snakes therein terrified the living daylights out of me. Maybe I’ll sum up courage and visit the plantation one of these days. Yes I might yet be a committed farmer.

  9. Danti

    September 4, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Your head is correct, there must be commonsensical land law; everywhere can’t be turned into estates abi you go eat bricks? Everything has to be regulated: car ownership, your house, your taxes and so on. This is how oyinbo folks dey get revenue and maintain themselves, how Africans cannot do same is beyond comprehension! At this point, nobody should be talking about oil, it is boring! Let us go back to farm and start all over again. If Israel could turn desert into correct farmland what is stopping Nigeria? Can you imagine, we spend close to $2billion dollars on importation of canned tomatoes, what about fish,corn beef,chicken oil, rice, flour, petroleum products etc?

  10. Tee

    September 4, 2016 at 10:15 PM

    what more to add , i sad this severally on this forum, people should be pragmatic not dogmatic in this day and age. Agriculture is the key to reviving this nation now, let everyone use whatever space they have to grow some food crop or even vegetables, i have vegetable beds in my house ugu ewedu tomatoes pepper and i have mango tree though still young not seeding yet. The main problem is everyone want to be big man and madam no one want to get dirty so when times are hard like this they suffer more. we need a massive drive to encourage people most especially youths to take up farming.

    Ti ebi ba kuro ninu ise, ise bushe!

    in other words:-

    when your tummy is full you are strong and can easily forge ahead and break barriers.


  11. ebora remo

    September 5, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    we youth of nowadays no get time to farm,we are all forming porch

  12. sola olaniyi

    September 5, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    omokehinde is making sense here

  13. ALEX&RIA

    September 5, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Clear U’re a supporter of apc @omokehinde

    Thou shall nt b sentimental, dt only apc can solve d probl. Nig is facing.

    Rmber, if GOD does nt build a house, d builder builds in vain.

    We shld only pray 4 d grace of GOD, 2 b dir guide . All leader, boss, senior etc, ar all instruments GOD is using.

    Any party who exault itself wl b humbled by GOD.

    No party is perfect oooooo.

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