The traditional ruler gave the advice when he received a team led by President of Farm and Infrastructure Foundation (FIF) and Chairman of Voices for Food Security (VFS), Prof Babalola Ayoola, in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.
“The right to food is fundamental human right of every Nigerian; protection of that right goes along with protection of human lives and property.
” Every person should have a right to food, which should be respected, protected and guaranteed by the state, and no one should be deprived of food under any circumstances, ” he said.
Mera described as shameful that there has to be serious advocacy for the enactment of a law to protect the right of Nigerians to food.
He also decried the non- utilization of silos in many states, adding that the country had no strategic food reserve that could last one year.
“Almost all the states in the federation have silos but no food in them, and some states, I heard , have leased their own out to private individuals,” he said.
The emir commended the initiators of the advocacy project, while assuring of his commitment to intimate the government and stakeholders to garner support for the speedy passage of the bill.
Earlier, Prof Ayoola said the aim of their visit was to seek the kind support of the emir on national campaign on right to food .
“We need your public statement in support of the bill and also endorse our desire to engage the entire northern emirs and lawmakers in your domain in similar manner.
” When food is removed from poverty, poverty vanishes,” he said.
Ayoola said that for anumber of years, the foundation had introduced the notion of food as a human right in Nigeria.
“It contrast from the traditional notion of food as a mere human need.
“The difference between the two notions is that while food as a human need does not place any burden of public inquisition on the government of the day when its policies fail, as it has failed for many years, to ensure food security of the people, the notion of food as a human right put such a burden on government,” he said.