Herdsmen/farmers crisis: Benue farmers seek govt’s help to regain lost farms

Fulani Herdsmen

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

Farmers in Ayiin, Logo Local Government Area of Benue, have appealed for the state government’s support in regaining their farms after the herdsmen and farmers crisis in the area.

Speaking in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Logo on Wednesday, the farmers urged the government to provide the area also with maximum security.

They also appealed to government to provide the community with access road to boost their economic activities.

James Agara, a young farmer and a fresh graduate of the College‎ of Agriculture, Yandev, Gboko, said that government’s support would help avert a recurrence of such crisis.

“We are pleading to help us because already we are down and we are looking just for help so that we can start up and gain something.

“Financially, we are not buoyant enough to say we can leave the grazing areas and start looking for areas to farm so if they will aid us, we will be very happy.

“Because up till this moment, it is not advisable or good to work at the boundary of the river basin because we do not know, next time it could be more horrible than what we just experienced.’’

Also speaking, Gloria Ngwutor, the president, NKST Widows Cooperative Group said that after the crisis, the widows had not been going to their farms.

“Some of us widows visited our farms for the first time just last Saturday to see and evaluate the situation of things.

“We only returned few weeks ago after being displaced from our homes by the crisis; I put my family in a car and drove away from the community where we slept on the road.’’

Ms. Ngwutor, who is also a retired civil servant, said the major problem facing the community was lack of transportation to the market in the city to enable them sell their farm produce.

She noted that widows in the cooperative were very lucky as the local government provided them with fertiliser and other inputs on loan.

“This year they gave us 50 bags at N4, 000 per bag and we shall pay back after harvest.’’ (NAN)

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  • Senator D

    Your Land Or Your Blood.
    By Adamu Mohammed.

    Ever since President Muhammadu Buhari took over the mantle of leadership of this great country Nigeria, we(Hausa-Fulanis) have come under severe media attack from enemies of progress. Just because they are educated than us, they stereotype us with negativity. Just because they own and control the media, they use the media against us.
    But let me make something clear to you stu*id fellows hating us, whether you love us or hate us, it doesn’t change anything. We are who we are and we will continue to remain like that. We hate you even more and we can never love you because you are all infidels. I pity those of you who keep deluding yourselves that we can love and trust you simply because you worked against your people to our own advantage, never!

    I heard that the stup*d Governor of Oyo State, Ajimobi said that they won’t accept the proposed Grazing Bill. But my message to the filthy Yoruba pig is that, if you don’t want to give us your cursed land, we will rear our cattle not only on your farmlands but in your churches. And if you try to stop us, we would killed your chicken hearted men like rabbits then turn your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to our sex slaves like we have always done….

    It is either you give the whole of South to us to use as grazing reserve or we soak it with your blood. And what you would do like you always do is noise on Facebook and Twitter. you cannot be united against us because there would always be the likes of Tinubu, Amaechi and Okorocha in your midst who will divide you for selfishness and love of money. Such treacherous characters can’t survive in our midst because we burn them and their families.

    I so much detest Southern Christians because they are the problem of this country. If I have my way, there won’t be any functional church in this country, especially in the North. That’s why I am so much happy with Governor El-rufai who is living up to the expectations of Allah in Kaduna State. We are not really pleased with President Muhammadu Buhari who is too slow to implement everything we asked him to implement in this country for us, he has not even done 20% of the Northern/Islam agenda, what he is waiting for I don’t know.

    We will make life unbearable for Igbos like they are in Hell, and yet we won’t let them have their useless Biafra because the whole of South is a conquered territory. We can never see Yorubas as allies no matter how hard they try to please or serve us because they are born traitors and infidels. Those slaves in the Middle Belt would continue to be willing tools in our hands, and the day they attempt to raise their heads, we will cut off their heads like weeds. I lack words to tell the inconsequential and always crying Niger Delta because what we are waiting for is for President Buhari to declare state of emergency in Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta, then we will show them how to use power. Niger Delta Avengers we will crush you all. America has given us their blessing and Insha Allah we will do as they have advised…

    We are at war with the rest of Nigeria but we won’t allow the country to breakup because, natural resources found in any part of the country is our heritage and birth right. We will continue killing you in large numbers until you are truly submissive to us as your slave masters. We won’t stop killing you until we fully takeover your land as a conquered territory. This is not the time to mince words, this is not the time to sugarcoat things, and this is not the time to be economical with the truth, this is nothing but the truth, ignore it at your own peril.
    [5/5, 9:16 PM]GRAZING RESERVE BILL.

    • Dele Awogbeoba

      Igbo man writing article using Northern name. Lol…First of, no Northerner refers to himself as “Hausa-Fulani”.