Entrepreneur proffers solution to herdsmen, farmers clashes



The recurring destruction of lives and property by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State may continue if the Federal Government fails to enforce measures to stop the menace.

The Chairman of Nigachem Nigeria Limited, Sylvanus Ghasarah, stated this when members of Benue Journalists Forum of Nigeria (BJFN) led by the President, Joseph Saater Undu, paid him a courtesy visit in his Lagos office.

According to Ghasarah, one of such measures is to enlighten herdsmen on the need to respect the rights of farmers in the state.

He decried the killings in Agatu, saying: “What happened in Agatu could have been avoided, had there been preventive measures put in place. I am disappointed at the poor level of security intelligence because these herdsmen are allowed to roam about with arms, which is a breach to the laws of the country on illegal possession of arms. The farmers are usually helpless at gunpoint.”

According to Ghasarah: “Governor Samuel Ortom, reveale d that Benue has 925,000 square kilometers landmass, which lie fallow but could be exploited for grazing. There are cattle ranches in many parts of the world. I advise the government to educate the Fulani herdsmen on the need to use ranches for grazing as it is done at Obudu cattle ranch, instead of roaming about and trespassing on people’s farms.”

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