Farmers/Herders Crisis: FG urged to tighten community borders

Herdsmen in ekiti
Illustration: Herdsmen in Ekiti
Illustration: Fulani herdsmen

Adejoke Adeleye/Abeokuta

National Association of Nigerian Students and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) has urged the Federal Government to tighten all community borders by creating a Federal Joint Border Patrol To reinforce security architecture in border communities.

The student body gave this advice during a press conference held at Nigeria Union of Journalist Secretariat, Iweroyin Abeokuta Ogun state, was led by the Chairman of NANS, Ogun JCC, Comrade Kehinde Damilola Simeon, who condemned the attacks on Farmers by Killer Herdsmen on the indigenes of Yewa North.

He also said based on the claim by the leadership of Miyetti Allah that the ravaging killers herdsmen are not from Nigeria, the Federal Govt as a matter of urgency needs to create a Special Border force team to tighten security in the border community.

Simeon also called on Nigerians seeking refugee outside the shores of the country should please jettison the idea and call on those who had fled based on the security situation to return home and join hands with the provided security from the government and take possession of their properties.

He as well calls on traditional fathers to support the efforts of the government under the leadership of Prince Dapo Abiodun in securing the lives and property of the people and not to allow any politicians to politicize the or take advantage of the unfortunate situation to create room for destructive criticism.

Furthermore, he implied the youths in years floating different emergency youth bodies that are unknown before the occurrence of the farmers and herders crisis to disengage themselves from not been progressive in their agitation and not to be a tool in the hands of some desperate politicians.

“The leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Ogun State and National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS) condemn its entirety the unabated attacks on the indigenes of our dear state most especially farmers by killers herdsmen, these attacks mostly perpetuated in border communities in Yewa were necessitated by our state porous border.

Based on the claim by the leadership of Miyetti Allah that the ravaging killers herdsmen are not from Nigeria, we call on the Federal Government as a matter of urgency to create a Federal Joint Border Patrol Team to basically to reinforce the security architecture of all borders community in Nigeria.

We call on our Royal Fathers from the Yewa region to enthusiastically support the effort and drives of the Ogun State Government under the leadership of His Excellency Prince Dapo Abiodun in securing the lives and property of Yewa people and not for them to allow any politician in Yewa to be politicizing or take advantage of this unfortunate situation to create room for destructive criticism. We also advice all activists from South-west extraction to be cautious in their utterances is in response to these attacks and as we call on Yoruba leaders that are also subscribing or pushing for a divided nation to please prioritize the unity of this nation above whatever personal or selfish interest they have.

Furthermore, we implore any Nigerian seeking refuge outside the shores of this country to please jettison the idea and call on those that has fled based on the security situation to return home and joins hands with the provided security from the government and take possession of the property.

The leadership of NANS and NAOS implore few of the youths from Yewa extraction of Ogun State, floating different emergency youth bodies/organizations that were unknown before the occurrence of these farmers/ herders crisis in the axis to please disengage themselves from not been progressive in their agitations and should desist from been a tool in the hand of some desperate politician. We call on all youth from Yewa and Ogun State in general to support the ongoing efforts of the Ogun State Government aimed at addressing the herders attacks on our farmers and all Ogun State citizen.

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