Ponmo: Buhari trying to ban happiness of poor Nigerians – Reno Omokri


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Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has said the Muhammadu Buhari administration’s planned ban on consumption of cow hide, popularly known as ponmo, is tantamount to banning the happiness of poor Nigerians.

He said this in a Facebook post on Tuesday evening.

The Director-General, Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Muhammad Yakubu said in Abuja on Sunday that FG was considering a legislation to ban consumption of ponmo. 

He said this would help to revive tanneries in the country.

Yakubu’s disclosure has been generating negative comments from many Nigerians, especially on social media.

Weighing in, Omokri condemned the proposed ban on ponmo consumption.

He said many Nigerians consume the product because it is only what they could afford.

Omokri said, “The only delicacy many Nigerians can afford in this harsh Buhari economy is ponmo.

“Now, Buhari wants to ban it? He has not banned champagne that the rich import from France and drain our foreign reserves.

“It (ponmo) is one of the few things that makes the poor happy his government wants to ban?

“Poor Nigerians do not eat ponmo for its nutritional value. They eat it because it is a delicacy that makes them happy.

“By banning it, Buhari is banning the happiness of many people. If you want to improve the economy, then ban luxurious wastes like imported alcoholic beverages and cigars!”

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