The Oyo State Chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Engr. Olumide Ayinla has called on the federal and state governments to quickly find immediate and workable solutions to the menace of farmers and Fulani herdsmen crisis.
Mr. Ayinla stated this in an interview with Westernlifenews, after the national executive meeting of the South-West AFAN, held on Thursday, in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State
According to him, Fulani herdsmen/farmers crisis have grown, spread and rampant over the past decade and today pose a threat to national survival.
Mr. Ayinla who is the immediate past chairman of South-West AFAN recalled that thousands of people have been killed, communities have been destroyed and so many farmers lost their lives and property in an extended orgy of killings and destruction that is not only continuously destroying livelihoods but also affecting national cohesion.
“It is unfortunate that the problem is becoming rampant day by day and as a national problem, I will want the federal, state government in conjunction with the national assembly to find lasting solution to this menace before it got out of hand and affect our national unity” he said.
“This problem if remain unchecked will result to scarcity of foods in the country very soon. All our farmers have left farms because of constant harassment of Fulani herdsmen. We have in some cases even in some part of South-west region where the Fulani raped, maim and caused lot of havoc to some communities.
He added, “Even I, as the chairman of the farmers in Oyo State was a victim at a time. The Fulani herdsmen invaded my farm at Adegbola in Lanlate and destroyed about three hundred acres of maize”
Mr. Ayinla also called on the South-West governors to rise to the occasion and ensure that more security personnel are deployed on our roads to curb the incessant kidnapping in the region.