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Food blockade to the south is no big deal, we survived 3 years of food blockade during the civil war – Ohanaeze Ndigbo tells the north

Ohanaeze Ndigbo

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, on Wednesday, said that the food blockade to the south by northern group (The Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers in Nigeria) would not affect the South-Eastern region which survived 30 months of food blockade by the Federal Government during the civil war.

The apex Igbo group noted that the food blockade which lasted few days following the incident that happened in Shasa market, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was not a big deal.

Chief Alex Ogbonnia, the spokesman for Ohanaeze, noted that though it was not a big deal, there was still no need for the blockade.

“On the other hand, they have been the aggressors. They have been the predators. The north has been creating problems in various ways. For them to begin to protest and issue threats of food blockade is astonishing.

“However, there is nothing they bring from the north that we do not have in the south. There’s nothing in the north that we do not cultivate and nurture in the south. Is it the cow? Is it the goat? Is it the garden egg? Is it yam? Of course the south is so versatile with fertile land all over the place to produce anything.”

According to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the food blockade would open a new vista for the Igbo nation.

“We are only waiting for the first rain. By the time the first rain comes, all these things they imported from the north, we’ll mass produce them. By June, October and November this year, you will see food everywhere in the south.

“So they are helping us to look inward. If three years in Biafra the South-East didn’t die, is it now only one month that we will die? So, I will only say that it is a good development to help the South-East look inward and South-West to look inward also,” he added.

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