Threat Of Withdrawal of foodstuffs by Northerners Will Backfire: Afenifere

By The Nigerian Voice
Yinka Odumakin (National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere)
Yinka Odumakin (National Publicity Secretary, Afenifere)
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Afenifere, the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, on Friday said the Northerners cannot threaten the South with withdrawal of cattle and other food produce as there are other alternatives where the items can be purchased.

There have been fears that acute shortage of beef, vegetables, tomatoes and onions, among other essential edibles from the North may soon hit Southern Nigeria as foodstuff and cattle breeders, under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN) had four days ago threatened to withdraw their services.

However, Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, who spoke in a chat with newsmen listed countries such as Togo and Benin Republics as friendly countries where the South can purchase cattle and other items withdrawn by the North.

He also said the withdrawal of foodstuffs by the North will benefit the South as it will make the people do more in the area of agriculture.

Odumakin, who said there are other sources of protein that the South can consume aside cows however said the Northerners shouldn’t also forget that the oil from the country flows from the South to the North.

“If they withdraw their cows from the South, no problem about that. Before cows, we had what we were eating. Cow is not the only source of protein, there are several other sources. It will encourage our people to do more in the area of agriculture.

“We have neighbours who are peaceful in Benin Republic, Togo and other places that we can buy things from. They can’t threaten us with anything such as withdrawal of items.

“They should also not forget that petroleum goes from south to the north. So, they should be careful. When you are throwing stones at your neighbours, you should be careful what he throws back at you” he said.