3,000 women farmers protest against herdsmen

Fulani Herdsmen

Credit: Today.ng
Fulani Herdsmen Credit: Today.ng

No fewer than 3,000 Ishiagu women on Friday staged a peaceful protest against the destruction of farm crops by herdsmen to the Palace of the traditional ruler of the community, Ezego Ngele.

The women, mainly peasant elderly farmers, marched peacefully to the palace of the monarch.

They demanded urgent action to end the alleged indiscriminate destruction of cash crops and other farm produce by herdsmen grazing their cattle in the area.

Chanting solidarity songs and brandishing green leaves, the women urged the traditional ruler to prevail on tng their cattle to destroy their crops.

The protesters also requested for immediate exit of the herdsmen from the community to save their farm lands and the people from imminent famine.

The spokesperson for the group, Janet Aja, said that they were at the palace to register their grievance over the destruction of their crops by herdsmen who allow their cattle to feed on their cash crops and other farm produce in their farms.

Ms. Aja said that all the crops including yam, cassava and rice, among others, have been destroyed prematurely by the rampaging herdsmen.

They expressed fears that the farmers might be left with nothing to harvest.

She said that farmers, especially the women in the community, were at present not able to go to their farms for fear of being attacked by the herdsmen.

“The women are in your palace to inform you that our crops and farm lands are destroyed daily by cattle rearers and that we no longer go to our farms for fear of being attacked, raped or killed.

“Our rice, yams, cassava and other crops in our farms have all been destroyed and eaten up by their cattle.

“We demand urgent action from you as the community father to end the indiscriminate destruction of crops e destruction of crops and farm lands by these foreigners.

“We don’t want the killings and destruction we hear that happen in other communities between them and farmers to happen in our own community.”

She said that the women would employ every peaceful means to ensure that the herdsmen stopped their nefarious acts in the community as well as ensure that they were evicted from the town.

“We hope that your majesty will handle this situation by providing a lasting solution to the menace otherwise the women of this community will protest naked at Government House in Abakaliki, ” she added.

Mr. Ngele, while commending the women for their peaceful disposition, said that the palace would collaborate with other stakeholders and security agencies in dealing with the problem.

He expressed regret over the destruction of economic crops and assured the women that a permanent solution would be found.

“We sympathise with you over on the indiscriminate destruction of your farm lands but want to assure you that we will not relent in our efforts to find a last solution to the menace.

“It was good that you first registered your grievances with the palace and this shows the enormous respect you have for the institution and for me.

“We want to assure you that no stone will be left unturned in providing a lasting solution to the problem.”

He further assured the women that governments at all levels were making concerted efforts to stem the security challenge and urged them to remain law-abiding and respect constituted authority.

(NAN)

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  • S Bello

    Why is it that the government seems to keep mute in the issue of these herdsmen. Is there a hidden agenda, or the government wants people to take laws into their hands before they act? Beats my imagination. The minister for agriculture should champion this course.

  • Otile

    God bless Governor Fayose. He is the only governor who can bring peace and justice to Nigeria.

    • Omotolaaraujo

      Laughable!

  • Omotolaaraujo

    Buhari must get the Herdsmen Terrorists off peoples’ land and protect the public at large.

  • Excisionist

    TIME FOR A NATION WIDE DEMONSTRATION

    This is a nationwide problem and, telling the Buhari government to do something hasn’t led anywhere.

    ASolution
    Step 1
    The Elders and community leaders across the country (villages, towns, local governments, states and geopolitical zones ) should
    as a matter of urgency organize demonstration against:
    – The atrocities of Fulani herdsmen
    – The indifference of the Buhari administration
    – the complicity of the Interior Minister Adulrahman Danbazau
    – The insensitivity of the Buhari administration in policy and action

    So far only Enugu state and now Ebonyi stae women have demonstrated against the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, Did Buhari hear? No of course. After Agatu, next villages that was sacked are in Enugu state – Iboland. So all hands should be on deck – men, women, children, young and old ACROSS THE COUNTRY, (especially in North Central, South-South, South-West and South-East geopolitical zones)
    Efforts should be intensified to get the attention of the international community

    If Buhari does not listen, there are further steps to take . . .

    But now –
    Demonstration ! Demonstration !! Demonstration !!!

    According to the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani militants were the fourth deadliest terrorist group in 2014, using machine guns and attacks on villages to assault and intimidate farmers.. Over 1,200 people were killed in 2014 by different groups of Fulani herders. In 2016, more people died in clashes with the herdsmen than in Boko Haram attacks

  • Dan Hausa

    3 killed as Hausa, Fulani clash in Lagos

    ” No fewer than three persons lost their lives in a clash between Hausa and Fulani traders in Abbatoir, Agege area of Lagos, yesterday, while several others were injured.

    There are different accounts of what cause the clash. A version alleged that the Fulani stormed Oworose Hotel along the railway line, two days earlier and beat up some commercial sex workers and their male customers, majority of who were Hausa.
    They were also alleged to have dispossessed their victims of their valuables.

    “These Fulani are robbers, who usually attack people coming to buy cows. They are not traders. They were sleeping in the market until the demolition, which made it impossible for them to find a roof over their heads. “”