By Barnabas Augustine
The Federal Government of Nigeria through the National Security Adviser has banned the use of fertilizers in Adamawa, Gombe, Yobe and Borno States.
In a press release signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Polycarp Ayuba and made available to Journalists reads in part;
"This is to inform the general public that the intention of Adamawa State Government to supply farmers with chemical fertilizers to boost their production has been constrained by an order from the office of the National Security Adviser", he said.
"The reason is that, terrorists operating in the North-East of the country use the chemical fertilizers to form weapon of mass destruction. To slow down their evil pursuit, it is considered wise to ban the sales and purchase of the fertilizers for now until the security situation improves. This same ban affects Gombe, Borno and Yobe States."
Government is encouraging its farmers to find alternative sources such as organic and liquid fertilizers for the time being.
Citizens are therefore advised to neither purchase nor sale chemical fertilizers as anyone found in possession of them will be regarded as a terrorist and be liable to being treated as such.