Former Head of State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Yakubu Gowon has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that food scarcity will aggravate social unrest in the nation.
According to The Nigerian Tribune, Gowon warned that food scarcity could lead to social unrest and instability.
The Federal Government warned last week of an impending famine in Nigeria in 2017 because those producing grains were more concerned with exporting rather than sell to local consumers.
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.”