The Association of Onion Producers and Marketers in Nigeria (OPMAN) have threatened to cut the supply of onions to the entire Southern part of Nigeria if the government failed to meet their demands comes Monday 7th June 2021.
In a video published on Twitter by Channels TV, the association demands that government compensates its members who are victims of the ethnic-religion crises in the South.
Other demands include restoration of law and order in those areas as well as a thorough investigation to uncover the remote causes of those attacks on their members.
OPMAN also urged the host of the communities to respect the constitutional rights of northern traders in their respective states says “we are only here for our businesses.”
According to LailasNews, while addressing the journalists after the association’s meeting in Sokoto at the weekend, OPMAN’s President, Aliyu Isa, said the members of the association lost onions and property worth N4.5billion in various attacks in the south.
He also added that during the Aba crisis in Abia State, the association lost three members, while about 30 trailers, 9 utility cars, 50 stores and 10,000 bags of onion, among other valuables belonging to their members, were destroyed.
While in Shasa, Oyo State, he said 27 lives, five trailers, 5,600 bag of Onions, 12 utility vehicles and other valuables were lost.
Isah added that members were robbed of onions worth N13 million in Imo State.
He said, “After full deliberation by the executive members of this association and the failure of government to respond to our cry, we resolved…that we are shutting down the supply of onions to the entire South by Monday, June 7, 2021, unless all our demands are met.”
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