The Chairman  of the Nigerian Bar Association Section  on Public Interest and Development  Law(NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani  has threatened  to drag the FG  to court  if it makes  good the threat to ban  ‘Ponmo’ , reputed as the poor man’s delicacy.




In a statement signed by the fiery  Bar Leader and human rights activist, Ubani stated that the local delicacy  , ‘’is the  most common  delicacy  that is mostly enjoyed   by the average  citizens owing to  its affordability, and given  that fish , meat  and other  sources of protein  have become  too expensive  and thus unaffordable by the common man in Nigeria.’’



The SPIDEL Chairman , wondered why Nigerian leaders ‘derive so much  pleasure  in inflicting pain and agony  on the common man in every aspect  of governance,’’ and queried  the rationale  behind  government ‘s resolve  ‘to ban  one of the very few staples that give the common man joy.


‘’The truth  is that ‘Ponmo’  remains  the most constant  protein  or meat –like substance   in the common  man’s stew and soups. It  therefore beats our imagination  that  every government  in Nigeria   has always  planned to take away  that substance  from their dining tables.’’


‘’While politicians and rich Nigerians  as well as  their families enjoy  all manner of  proteins in their sumptuous and mouth-watering  meals that are  the envy  of the common man , they have become  restless  and jealous  of the only  meat-like item that the average  citizen chews while eating  his ’meal of affliction.’’



Such government pronouncement and planned  policy of banning  ‘Ponmo’ cannot  be fair  and just. It is ill-advised and we reject it  in its entirety.’’




Ubani advised the government to desist from the threat and ‘’ensure that such callous and anti –people policy  does not see the light  of the day’’.






Ubani   warns  that , such ban will be met with stiff opposition. ’’If the Federal   Government   fails   or refuses  to  abide  by this  free advice on the planned illegal  ban, they should be prepared for a prolonged legal battle that may  end up in the Supreme Court of Nigeria.


‘’I shall  be prepared to undertake  this public  interest case  on behalf of millions  of Nigerians who consider  this delicacy very palatable to be taken  off their  dining tables  or better still,  dining floors, moreso , when  it remains  the only affordable substance  that has a semblance  of meat  or fish  in the common man’s meals. ‘’A word is enough  for the wise’’.











































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