A first class traditional ruler in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Usman Abdullahi, on Wednesday called for understanding among farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country in order to boost food security.
The authorities blame nomadic Fulani tribesmen for an increasing number of kidnappings for ransom in northern Nigeria.
Abdullahi, who is the Ohimegye Opanda of the state, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in his palace at Umaisha area of state. According to him, it is when the farmers and Fulani herdsmen understand and co-exist peacefully that there would be food security in the state and the country at large.
He said there was need for the farmers and herdsmen to embrace peace irrespective of their affiliation.
“As a traditional ruler, my role is to preach peace, unity and to advise my subjects and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
“Because no nation or society can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion, the security challenges facing some parts of the country had affected our lives, agricultural production and socio-economic development of the country negatively.
“It is in view of this, I want to call on my subjects and other Nigerians, especially the farmers and the Fulani herdsmen, to understand and co-exist peacefully in order to boost food production.
“No society can survive comfortably without agriculture, which is the major source of livelihood of every family and nation,” he said.
According to him, there is the need for Nigerians to embrace agriculture being the main stay of the Nigerian economy before the discovery of oil.
Abdullahi added that agriculture apart from the provision of food, it also generates income, boosts the revenue base of the government as well as fights poverty, unemployment and others social vices in the society.
He commended his people for living in peace and called for its sustenance. The traditional ruler urged his subject to give their maximum support to the government at all levels to enable them succeeds in the task ahead of them.
He also called on Nigerians to be law abiding, respect constituted authorities and to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliation for the overall development of the country.Share on Facebook