FG Should Be Sincere In War Against Insecurity – Badmus

To successfully tackle insecurity in Nigeria, Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland, Edo and Delta, Tunde Badmus, has asked the Federal Government to be sincere in fighting the menace.

The farmer and business mogul said that the root of the security challenge in Nigeria started as farmers/herders clashes which graduated from being a crisis on farmland to a major security challenge adding that, until now, every crime being committed is linked to herders.

Badmus affirmed that outlawing open grazing has not solved the challenges, saying that southern governors should embrace ranching which was proposed by the Federal Government.

“We may have to go back to what we are running from. Governors in the Southern part of the country have come with a position banning open grazing and acted further by legislating the position into law, but this has not given us the desired result,” he said.

“My own humble opinion is that we should go back to the way of ranching and the very best option available to us now is the one suggested by the Federal Government. The federal government has come up with a plan called “The National Livestock Transformation Plan.’ which involves the creation of ranches in the states’. Let the State governments donate lands and the Federal government comes up with logistics. It is a win-win situation.

“The challenge of farmers/herders clashes has graduated from being a crisis on farmland to a major security challenge. Until now, every crime being committed is linked to herders. The question now is that, in the real sense of it, are these crimes being truly committed by herders? If we didn’t get the question right, we may not be able to resolve the challenge. It goes to the root of the crisis.”

While answering questions on the rising cost of foods, the Chairman of Tuns Farms Nigeria Limited, said the Federal Government is concentrating in some areas and claimed to have invested heavily in Agriculture.

“The Federal Government claimed it is investing heavily in Agriculture but the result of it has not been felt in all parts of the country. The investment seems to be concentrated in some areas.

“Or have you felt the impact here in Osogbo? I am not sure we have really got our policy right on Agriculture. The situation is alarming and the Federal Government has to urgently look into this,” he said.

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