The Federal Government has vowed to sustain the border closure policy that came into effect on August 20, 2019, until the neighbouring countries stop violating Nigeria’s laws against food smuggling.
This was even as the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, debunked reports that hunger was heightening in the country.
The minister said that there is no hunger in the country and food security has been achieved.
Nanono, who disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at a press briefing to mark the 2019 World Food Day, said that hunger in Nigeria was a creation of foreigners who have no stake in the country.
He argued that the case of being overweight or obesity could be attributed to the lack of exercise and not lack of the intake of balanced diet.
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 food to feed ourselves. There is no hunger in the country and when people talk about hunger, I just laugh because they do not know hunger. They need to go to other countries to know what hunger is all about.
“If you say I miss my breakfast and I get lunch and dinner, then that is alright. The problem of obesity is not necessarily the issue of balance diet, but because some of us just decide to stay without doing exercise often,” he said.
Also speaking at the event, Nigeria’s Country Representative of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA), Suffyan Koroma, urged the government to give attention to policies to prioritise the availability and affordability of safe nutrition because of the increase of malnutrition.
“One in three children is stunted and underweight is currently at 19.9%, which is higher than the globally accepted numbers,” he added.