No government can ban ponmo

Muhammad Yakubu, Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, crafted copious cant this week, leading an assault on the cow skin (ponmo) beloved by millions of Nigerians. The institute, he said, would approach the National Assembly with a legislation to ban ponmo in order to revive Nigeria’s comatose leather industry and boost the economy. Hear him: “To the best of my knowledge, Nigerians are the only people in the world that overvalue skin as food. After all, ponmo has no nutritional value.”

You see, in this country, some people in government just wake up in the morning and decide to be unfortunate.  They want to destroy a thriving, time-tested food industry in order to revive a lie. And sadly, some citizens think that this is a joke. How can matters of food and survival be a joke? Have these people forgotten what substantially triggered the French revolution (1788-1789)? Unable to afford bread, the people were asked to…

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