Insecurity In Rural Areas May Lead To Starvation – Plateau Political Elders
Political elders in Plateau on Monday said that fear-stricken farmers were staying away from farms and expressed fears of imminent food shortages if the attacks on rural communities persisted.
Chief John Mankilik, spokesman of the Plateau Political Elders Forum, who brief newsmen on persistent insecurity in the state, urged the Federal Government to adopt urgent measures to check the trend.
“The rains are here, but farmers are afraid of being attacked in the farms; a lot of them that have been displaced are still roaming around and cannot return home out of fear.
“Very fertile lands are wasting away. Those affected by the violence are farmers whose only job is tilling the land. If they cannot do that, the effect will be massive,” Mankilik said on Monday in Jos.
Mankilik, who described the killings as “very unfortunate and unacceptable”, regretted that most of the states affected had a large number of farmers that had fed the nation over the years.
“The reports one reads in the papers are not palatable. This morning, we heard that 45 people were killed in Birnin-Gwari in Kaduna State. Benue, Taraba, Nasarawa and Adamawa are also under siege.
“As elders in Plateau, we are not happy with the security situation. Many people are already poor and hungry. The incessant attacks have worsened an already bad situation,” he said.
The elders also expressed fears that politicians could take advantage of the situation and eliminate rivals “especially now that elections are fast approaching”.
They urged President Muhammadu Buhri to protect the nation’s democracy from people with evil intentions, and challenged security agencies to double efforts to rid Nigeria of bandits.