By Richards Nzemeke
Port Harcourt – Dr Awotein George of the Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, has advised the Federal Government to take proactive measures to end the clashes between farmers and herdsmen in order to guarantee food security in Nigeria.
George, a Senior Lecturer in the institution, gave this advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Port Harcourt.
He described the incessant clashes as a setback to the realisation of the government’s food sufficiency and food security programme.
George, who said that farmers could not go to their farms for the fear of being killed, said that food sufficiency could only be achieved in a secured environment.
He said that herdsmen had clashed with farmers in Benue, Nassarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Ondo and Ekiti, among others.
“The Federal and State Governments should take proactive measures to check the development before it could develop into something else,” the university teacher said.
According to him, there is more to the herdsmen’s attacks than the public could see.
“The herdsmen had existed before now, but had not killed people; this is not the first time cows are being reared in the country; so what has happened?
“The government should endeavour to get to the roots of this matter.
“Cattle rearing never requires carrying sophisticated arms in the course of grazing before now.
“Something drastic needs to be done by the government to stop the clashes and enable it to achieve its food security agenda,” George said. (NAN)