Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo state yesterday has admonished farmers and residents not to be deterred by activities of “some bad eggs among nomadic herdsmen,” declaring that not all herders were killers.
He said: “Not all herdsmen are killers. Some of them are doing genuine business. We should not allow the bad herdsmen activities scare us from our farms. In every society, you have the good, bad and ugly; and there have always been Fulani herdsmen since we were kids. That is what we are seeing now.”
Obaseki, who stated this at a symposium organised by the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Edo state, said his administration had stepped up plans to address the menace of herdsmen, farmers’ clash.
Represented by the Special Adviser on Food Security and Agriculture, Mr. Joe Okoje, Obaseki disclosed that a seven-man committee which included Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), DSS has been set up across the 18 local government area of the State to address the menace.
The symposium is titled: “Sustainable Agriculture as a Panacea to Herdsmen Attack on Arable Crop Farmers in Nigeria.”
Earlier, in her address, the Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Mrs. Nefishetu Yakubu, said: “If we must help government of the day to achieve its quest to diversify the economy through agriculture, then we must begin by first proffering solutions to the herdsmen attack on arable crops farmers.”