Nigeria’s Vice President Kashim Shettima has announced that the country will get a $163 million loan from the African Development Bank (ADB) to bolster wheat output in the coming weeks.
The Vice President acknowledged the loan on Sunday during a visit of sympathy to the family of the late Sheikh Abubakar Giro in Argungu, Kebbi State.
For President Bola Tinubu, the late Islamic scholar’s family received a visit from the Vice President.
He gave a speech at the event, in which he said, “I am here on behalf of President Bola Tinubu, who called me from India and directed that I should come to Argungu to commiserate with the family of the respected Sheikh, government and people of Kebbi State and the north in general.”
After that, he said, “Late Sheikh Abubakar Giro was a respected scholar.”
He was busy doing God’s work and caring little for earthly concerns. He had a lowly lifestyle.
May God overlook his faults and offer him eternal life,” Shettima prayed.
The Vice President assured the public that the Tinubu administration was committed to delivering on its commitments, especially in the agricultural sector, and that the issue of food security would be given high priority.
He made this remark in reference to the government’s food security policy: “We need 10,000 hectares of land in Kebbi State.” However, the plan would be effectively carried out in Jigawa State, where 50,000 acres of land will be cultivated to increase wheat production.
The late Sheikh Giro’s accomplishments were highlighted by the Emir of Argungu, HRH Sumaila Mohammed Mera.
He praised Tinubu and Shettima for their help and prayed for Nigeria’s continued prosperity and unity.
Sheikh Bala Lau, National Leader of the Izala Sect, who welcomed the Vice President on behalf of the family among other national executives, expressed gratitude to Tinubu and Shettima for the kind reception.
When the Vice President arrived in Birnin Kebbi, the state governor, Dr. Nasir Idris, was there to greet him at the airport.
Sen. Umar Tafida, Deputy Governor of Kebbi State, was among the Vice President’s entourage, which also included Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Abubakar Kyari and members of the Kebbi State Executive Council.
Recognized religious leader Sheikh Abubakar Giro passed away recently, and his burial in Argungu, Kebbi State, followed Islamic customs.