- The federal government recently warned Nigerians to be prepared for famine beginning from next year
- Former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, has warned the federal government against allowing food scarcity in the country as it has its consequences
Nigeria's former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has reportedly warned the Muhammadu Buhari government to avoid food scarcity in the country.
The federal government recently warned Nigerians to expect famine in 2017 adding that those producing grains were concerned with exporting the products rather than selling to local consumers.
Gowon, according to the Tribune, warned that food scarcity in the country will lead to social unrest and instability.
The former head of state further said the activities of insurgents had prevented people from engaging in agriculture to produce food crops.
Speaking as the chairman at the convocation lecture of McPherson University, Ogun state, on the theme 'Food Security and Terrorism: Way Out for Nigeria', the report quoted Gowon as saying: “If we cast our minds back to Biblical times, we realise that God purposefully created man and put him in the Garden of Eden.
"The word: ‘Garden’ is significant, for it connotes abundance, inner peace and security. Eden was lush green, meaning that there was food security.
“As we have come to know, rebels without any cause, as we can rightly describe insurgents everywhere, deliberately create panic in the land so that there is no time to produce food crops.
"No nation is ever stable when there is food scarcity, which, more than power mongering, is one of the easiest ways to cause social unrest.”
He commended the university and expressed optimism that it would continue to showcase excellence and produce graduates sound in character and learning.
The report said guests at the event included the minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, who delivered the convocation lecture.
A former Nigerian high commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr Christopher Kolade, was installed as chancellor of the university.