Following the raging war be tween Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Agatu local government area of Benue State which has claimed over 300 lives, farmers, under the aegis of Association of Small Scale Agro Producers in Nigeria, ASSAPIN, have sent a Save Our Souls, SOS, to the Federal Government.
ASSAPIN pleaded with the Federal Government to stem the unending attacks and killings of defenceless farmers in parts of the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, at a three-day sensitization meeting on the ‘Right to Food’ Bill, ASSAPIN National Coordinator, Mr. Charles Adu, lamented that the prices of food had skyrocketed due of low yields from farms occasioned by attacks on farmers.
Represented by the Benu State Coordination of ASSAPIN, Mrs. Janet Odejo, the farmers regretted that they had become endangered species who were killed annually by the invaders and pleaded for government’s intervention.
“Aside the killings we are also losing billions of Naira worth of farm produce to the activities of Fulani herdsmen, that is the more reason why our call for the building of ranches is apt at this moment, Adu stated. “Moreover the crisis is taking its toll on the volume of food produced in the country and the earlier ranches are built for herdsmen in the country, the better for that sector.”
“Government must also look into the issue of unrestricted inflow of herders from other West African countries into Nigeria because these group are largely responsible some of the crisis and killings.”