GMOs release, a biological warfare against Nigeria – Expert




By Alex Chiejina
ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The release of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) has been tagged as a biological warfare against Nigeria, Global Prolife Alliance alongside experts from civil societies and environmental groups have said. It is gathered that attempts to use GMOs to capture the food security of Black Africa is in breach of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act (BWATA) 1989.

The relevant sections of the law include Sections 175 on ‘Prohibition with respect to biological weapons’ and Section 178 on ‘Definition’ of ‘biological agent’ that includes Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that cause disease and deterioration of food and environment, vaccines used as toxins that cause disease in humans particularly Black Africans, also including pollution the environment.

Under Section 176 2 (b) of BWATA, there is forfeiture and seizure of property which constitutes means (including financial) that facilitates the delivery of biological agents. BWATA is an international treaty and there is extraterritorial Federal jurisdiction over an offense under these sections of BWATA committed by or against a national of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dr. Philip Njemanze, Chairman, Global Prolife Alliance (GPA) said, in a position paper he made available to Sundiata Post, that Monsanto as well as Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation claimed that the rationale for use of GMO cassava is the biofortification of cassava with vitamins, minerals and protein!, citing papers from the BioCassava Plus Programme, titled: Biofortification of Cassava for Sub-Saharan Africa by Sayre RT et al. published in Annual Review of Plant Biology, 62, pp. 251-272.

Dr. Njemanze noted that in the paper, it was emphasized that the Biofortification Cassava Plus project increased protein content of cassava. It reads “Total protein content of storage roots harvested from zeolin-expressing plants reached between 10% and 12.5% dry weight, an approximately fourfold increase (Abhary M, Siritunga D, Stevens G, Taylor NJ, Fauquet CM. 2011.

“Transgenic biofortification of the starchy staple cassava (Manihot esculenta) generates a novel sink for protein. PLoS ONE 6:1–9). This paper by Abhary et al. 2011 funded by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been retracted from scientific literature as scientific forgery http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0016256#aff1). However, the much touted Biofortification with vitamin A, does not consider the kinetics of loss of vitamin A under heat effects in the preparation of the flour garri. There is virtually no dietary value of vitamin A in garri from this Biofortification Cassava Plus due to the effects of heat during preparation,” Dr. Njemanze stated.

A recent work published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability Volume 12, Issue 1, 2014 by Jack Heinemann et al. Heinemann et al., a professor of genetics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that in the United States from 1986 to 2011 the average yields of GMO corn was lower than corn yields over the same period in western Europe, where GMO corn are not allowed (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14735903.2013.806408).

The professor noted that the main goal of the racist detractors of Nigeria and the entire Black Africa is to capture the food security of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Black Africa.

“They want to replace all our staple foods and fruits with their GMO variants of yellow cassava, yellow and white maize, yellow yam, sweet potatoes, millet, sorghum, rice, beans and so-called GMO hybrid tomatoes. This process is on-going in all Black African countries, with particular interest in Nigeria and Kenya.  Black Africa is heading for a complete and final extermination!  The racist groups from international biotechnology conglomerates with their deceptive foreign aid foundations fronted by local billionaires are using institutions within Nigeria and in partnership with corrupt government officials to capture the food security of Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Dr. Njemanze said.‎

A recent work published in the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability Volume 12, Issue 1, 2014 by Jack Heinemann et al. Heinemann et al., a professor of genetics at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand found that in the United States from 1986 to 2011 the average yields of GMO corn was lower than corn yields over the same period in western Europe, where GMO corn are not allowed (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14735903.2013.806408).

In the wake of this development, Dr. Njemanze added “We must ban all GMOs in Nigeria. All fields with GMO crops disguised as hybrids or improved seedlings must be destroyed by government and the soil replacement undertaken. All imports, transit and cultivation must be forbidden. We must overhaul the NRCRI, IITA and NBMA. We must take a national stand to develop our own biotechnology industry and focus on plant and animal disease prevention. We must urge for refocusing of the strategies of the African Development Bank (AfDB) to exclude promotion of GMOs in Africa. The activities of the Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) must be exposed as the front for the biotechnology conglomerates seeking to capture Africa’s food security.”





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