Yusuf Bello| Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Mohammed Nanono has described as false the feeling that there is hunger in Nigeria, insisting the country has enough food to feed its populace.
The minister, who made the disclosure on Monday while speaking with newsmen on the occasion of the World Food Day in Abuja, said it amuses him to hear people complaining of hunger in Nigeria.
He said, “I think so long as these bordering countries do not respect our protocols on these very important issues of bringing food into Nigeria, border closure will remain.
“I think we are producing enough to feed ourselves. I think there is no hunger in Nigeria; there could be inconveniences. When people talk about hunger in this country, I just laugh because they don’t know hunger.
“You need to go to some other countries to know what hunger is.
“If you say I miss my breakfast and I get lunch and dinner, then that is all right… part of the problem of overweight is not necessarily the issue of a balanced diet, but some of us stay put without knowing that Nigeria used to be a former zone for migration in sub-Sahara Africa.”
The minister further stated that the policy of government is to produce , feed and empower the people, assuring that Nigeria would be self-sufficient in food production and even export food to other countries in no distant time.