FG Says, Food Crisis Caused By Boko Haram May Last Long
Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The Federal Government said in Abuja on Thursday that the food crisis caused by the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East might fester for long.
It said this was because farmers in the North East and some towns in neighbouring countries were unable to farm for six years.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, stated this in Abuja when he received members of the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiative.
The committee was led by the Chairman of the PCNI Economic Development Sub-Committee, Mr. Yusuf Buba.
The minister said that the Boko Haram insurgency affected seven countries and more than 20 million people.
According to him, until Nigeria finally deals with and eliminate members of the insurgent, it will be difficult to say everything has normalised.
He also said it was wrong to see the Boko Haram insurgency as northern problem, adding that almost all the companies operating in Nigeria were feeling the heat caused by the outlawed group.
The minister said, “The Boko Haram insurgency affects seven countries and more than 20 million people are also affected.
“The food security or scarcity caused by the Boko Haram will take time to fix, this is because, for six years, people could not go to their farm.
“Until we win the war in the North-East, we may not have peace. All companies are feeling the heat.
“Pharmaceutical companies are feeling the heat as well. All manufacturing companies are feeling it.
“Before the crisis, Potiskum (in Yobe State) used to be the largest cattle market in West Africa. But now, it is deserted.”
He praised the Nigerian military for playing a major role in the war against the insurgency.
The minister said that before the advent of the present government in 2015, many prominent citizens of the zone were unable to visit their homes.
He said, “The military has completely defeated Boko Haram. This is because before now, for about six years, many people could not visit their homes in North-East.
“Apart from that, schools were also closed while Boko Haram was in charge of 14 local government areas in Borno State.
“Today, not a single local government, not even a ward, is under the control of Boko Haram. Today, schools, markets have been opened while football league is being played in the state.”
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