Ponmo Ban: Lawyer Threatens To Sue FG
Dr. Onyekachi Ubani, Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), has threatened to sue the Federal Government if the edible delicacy skin, popularly known as Ponmo in the country, is banned.
Remember how the government proposed outlawing the consumption of animal skin in order to revitalize tanneries? Muhammad Yakubu, Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology, explained that the proposed legislation was required to resurrect the country’s dormant leather industry.
He emphasized that eating animal skin, which has no nutritional value, should be discontinued in order to save the industry and boost the nation’s economy.
“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,” Yakubu had stated.
However, Ubani, in a statement issued yesterday, opposed the move, claiming that Ponmo is primarily enjoyed by citizens due to its affordability. He also stated that fish, meat, and other proteins have become prohibitively expensive for the average person.
He wondered why Nigerian leaders enjoy inflicting pain on the masses in all aspects of governance. Ubani also questioned why and how the government always goes against what the common man enjoys.
He said: “The truth is that Ponmo remains the most constant meat-like substance in stews and soups in many kitchens and it beats our imagination that every government in Nigeria always plan to take away that substance from their dinning tables.
“While politicians and rich Nigerians chew all manner of proteins in their sumptuous meals with their loved ones, they have become restless and jealous of the only thing that the common persons chew while eating their meals of affliction.
“Is such government pronouncement and policy of banning Ponmo fair and just”
As a result, the lawyer warned the government to back down and make certain that the policy never becomes law.
“However, if they fail and refuse to abide with this free advice, they should be prepared for a prolonged legal suit that may end up in the Supreme Court of Nigeria on the illegal ban.
“I shall be prepared to undertake this public interest case on behalf of millions of Nigerians, who consider this delicacy too palatable to be taken off their meal table, more so, when it remains the only affordable substance that has a semblance of meat and fish while enjoying it. A word is enough for the wise,” he warned.