- by E. Nriezedi
- 10:43 AM January 23, 2022
The Federal Government has been urged not to allow food-bioterrorism to replace AK-47 in the country.
A Professor of Biochemical Toxicology at the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, Polycarp Okafor, handed down this task while delivering the 52nd inaugural lecture of the university, entitled, ‘Metabolism of Cassava Cyanide and Jim Jones Cyanide in Humans’.
Okafor noted that “Cyanide, either in Cassava or elsewhere remains a potential toxin capable of causing mass destruction of lives and therefore be handled with utmost care but not fear.”
He said the tuber can be processed into garri in a way that the residual Cyanide content will be very low and will have a low glycemic index, thus could be consumed by a diabetic patient.
He advised that “the Nigerian Government should give adequate attention to the security challenges of the country and take drastic measures to end the kidnapping and abduction of our school children and students and every act of terrorism.
“Today, it is AK-47, tomorrow, it may be more dangerous ‘Food Bioterrorism”.
He also advised NAFDAC and SON to “pay close attention to the quality of foods and drinks marketed in Nigeria to avoid be danger of massacre and other dangers associated with food and drink toxicity.