One of President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees and one time chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Audu Ogbeh, on Tuesday, October 13, said that he warned the political leaders in the country of a possible outbreak of the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northern part of the country as a result of massive poverty and youth restiveness. 

Audu Ogbeh - Screening

The former national chairman of the PDP during his screening as a prospective minister at the Senate session said that the violence resulted due to the depreciation of the economy and youth unemployment.

Furthermore, he added that the current insurgency was a vindication of his warning fifteen years ago.

He also spoke on the agricultural sector in the country where he lamented the high interest rates on loans meant for the sector, adding that loans meant for the production of agricultural products have depreciated by the day.

Ogbeh further expressed his joy and confidence in the ability of the federal government to restore the glory days of massive agricultural production, which, he said, would boost revenue and also diversify the nation’s source of income from crude oil.

He also said that it will be one of his major areas to tackle as a minister.

Eventually, he was asked by the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to take a bow and exit the chambers.

Ogbeh is speculated to be the minister of agriculture.

Meanwhile, the national publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, is said to have embarked on a  law suit against his counterpart in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh, at the Lagos state high court for alleged libel demanding N500 million damages.

However, the PDP replied that neither Metuh nor the party was aware of such development adding that they have not been served any court notice as regards the speculated suit.