Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Saturday that he became an farming apprentice for three months after leaving office as Nigeria’s head of state in 1979.
He said he enrolled at the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training (IART), Ibadan, to learn the art of farming. It was after the apprenticeship that he started his own farming business, he said.
“I cleaned chicken house. I fed chicken. That is how to be a farmer. Anything less won’t do. You can’t be a successful farmer without being an apprentice,” the former president said at a lecture in the University of Ibadan.
Speaking on the topic, “Agribusiness: Time to act”, Obasanjo said that in order to go into agriculture business and succeed in it. He said that farming in Nigeria has to be “glamourised and incentivised” to get people interested.
Recalling his time as an apprentice, Obasanjo said his teachers at the institute initially had problems treating him as a student or apprentice but that he insisted that he should be addressed and treated as a student and an apprentice because that was the only way to enjoy the teaching-learning process.