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Emir decries ‘50% of land’ taken over by terrorists, warns of food crisis

By sa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos), Nkechi Onyedika-Ugoeze (Abuja) and Walter Adeniyi (Sokoto)
17 December 2021   |   2:53 am
Emir of Wase, Muhammad Haruna, yesterday, said Plateau State and the entire country risk a food crisis because insecurity has driven many farmers away from their lands.

[FILES] Food market

Katsina, Kano govs want forests reclaimed from illegal occupants
• Sultan denies escaping bandits’ attack

Emir of Wase, Muhammad Haruna, yesterday, said Plateau State and the entire country risk a food crisis because insecurity has driven many farmers away from their lands.

He also raised the alarm that terrorists have taken over 50 per cent of the landmass in Wase Local Council.

He made this known in Jos at a colloquium and fundraising event organised by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State Chapter, themed: ‘Tackling food crisis in Nigeria through robust research for sustainable development’.

The first-class chief said: “I am a farmer and majority of the people in my domain are farmers. A lot of us leave the villages to the city to look for greener pastures because we cannot afford to go to our farms. This is not because we are lazy. If the atmosphere is suitable for us to work on our farms, the number of people in the city will reduce.

“We want to farm because of the vast land we have, which God has blessed us with. There is basically nothing you cannot farm in Wase. Unfortunately, 50 per cent of the landmass has been taken over by terrorists. Our people cannot go to the farm. This week, a very ugly incident happened in one of the villages in Wase and for the first time, government took the right action by deploying armed soldiers and police to go and flush out all these people. We are making a special appeal that this should continue so that next year, we will be able to go to the farm.”

The Guest Speaker, Prof. Dakas Dakas, SAN, who spoke on the theme, said all stakeholders must work in synergy to tackle challenges associated with food insecurity.

“Research must drive development. If your research does not attract development, it has not achieved the aim of the research, which is proffering solutions to problems. And research must be taken seriously, if food security is to be achieved.”

THIS came as the governors of Katsina and Kano States have called for the need to reclaim forests from unauthorised occupants. This, they said, will curb kidnapping and killings ravaging the North.

They made this known when they paid a condolence visit to Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

“We need an unusual approach to dealing with these people who are nothing but animals. It is time to take ownership of all forest across the country from criminal elements,” said Katsina State Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

On his part, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State said: “The call for reclaiming of forests is now or never.”

MEANWHILE, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has described as fake social media reports alleging he narrowly escaped an attack by bandits at a mosque in Sokoto.

The Islamic leader, who spoke at the 4th quarterly meeting of Northern Traditional Leaders’ Committee for Campaign against COVID-19 Pandemic, yesterday, in Abuja, warned against the dangers of fake news.

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