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Boko Haram Responsible For Tomato Scarcity – Lai Mohammed

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Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has said that insurgent group, Boko Haram, is responsible for the current scarcity of tomato in the country.

The All Progressive Congress (APC), since taking the mantle of government, had continually attributed economic woes to the president Goodluck Jonathan led administration.

The federal government through the Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, had said that the staple food, has been scarce as a result of tuta absoluta, a pest also known as ‘tomato ebola’, adding that the government was making efforts to contain the outbreak which had ravaged six states.

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But speaking on Channels Television on Wednesday, the Minister said farmers have been forced to quit the North East due to the level of insecurity in the region.

He said, “People talk about the price of tomato but they forget one thing; that the price of tomato today is a direct result of the fact that we have lost two years harvest to Boko Haram insurgency.

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“Most of the people you see riding Okada (motorcycles) in Lagos are people who would have been in the farm to produce consumable items, he said.

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When asked if he was convinced that the tomato scarcity could be attributed to insurgency, he said: “Absolutely! Do you farm where there is war? We have lost two seasons of harvest.”

Nigerians, have however taken to the social media to blast the minister over his comment, describing him as a propagandist who is petty and incompetent for the job of information minister.

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