Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has joined other stakeholders in asking for quick passage of the rights to food bill by the National Assembly.
Obasanjo who believed that food security should be encouraged in the country, maintained that right to food must also come with an obligation.
TVC News Kazeem Olowe reports that the former president made the call at a one day policy dialogue on rights to food in Nigeria where stakeholders discussed how to make right to food an essential part of the nation’s constitution.
The organisers see right to food as irreducible minimum degree of freedom from hunger and malnutrition for people to live a decent and productive life.
The President, Farm and Infrastructure Foundation, Professor Gbolagade Ayoola on his part, highlighted the significance of right to food bill and queried why rights to education, employment and others take precedence in the nation’s constitution.
On his part, former President Olusegun Obasanjo who is also a farmer said he would prefer and canvass for four rights and they are rights to food, health, education and employment.
He noted that right to food must come with an obligation.
Participants claimed that the outcome of the advocacy will not only guarantee food security but will also put the government in position of responsibility and accountability.