What is killing people in Nigeria today?
What is killing people in Nigeria today? Nigerians should be focused on solving these problems instead of fighting over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) they don’t understand yet. These are what are causing most of the cancer going around now:
1.) Ripening agent for banana and plantain. Because people are in hurry to harvest their bananas and plantain. They spray it with Calcium carbide. This is a ripening agent and makes the plantain to ripen very quietly. It is extremely hazardous to the human body as it contains traces of arsenic and phosphorus.
So anytime you buy ripe plantain in the market chances are you are buying plantain ripened with Calcium carbide. Solution:
Buy unripe Plantains and Banana and keep it inside black plastic for few days, it will ripe naturally.
2.) Most Nigerian farmers, if not all of them use a chemical called “Sniper” as added ingredient for pest control. Sniper is potent and it scares me. It is a DDVP, 2,2-Dichlorovinyl dimethyl phosphate compound. An organophosphate that readily binds to the lungs and kidney causing cancer. It is almost in everything you eat in Nigeria. Even the looters eat it too.
Solution: You are on your own here because it is everywhere.
3.) Weevil controls in Beans with Aluminum phosphide (AlP). This is the most dangerous food pollution in Nigeria. Because weevil can destroy the entire year harvest of the farmer in few days. They drop tablets of Aluminum Phosphide inside each bag of beans.
They think that one tablet is enough to drive weevils away from the bag of beans. Yes they are right, but that one tablet can drive weevil away from an entire Silo or 50 tones of beans. Do the mathematics yourselves.
Unfortunately, it is now one of the most common causes of food poisoning in Nigeria. It liberates lethal phosphine gas when it comes in contact either with atmospheric moisture or with hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Solution: Eat beans with Weevils.
4.) Chicken from China preserved using embalming substance. The same used to embalm dead bodies in Nigeria.This is cancer causing substance that will kill you slowing. How else do you think chicken gets to Nigeria from China without proper cooling system?
Solution: Eat only local chicken. Don’t buy frozen chicken. If you can’t see it running around don’t buy it.
The farmers don’t want to kill people, but they are uneducated and don’t know what they are doing and besides, they don’t have tools to deal with the challenges they have.
This is why the European Union, United States don’t want to have the Beans, Cocoa, Plantain and Pineapples from Nigeria. It has nothing to do with racism or because they are evil white people. They have warned Nigeria several times to clean up her food.
*Dr. Anthony Nwaoney is a consultant epidemiologist
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