The Agbekoya Farmers Society of Nigeria has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take concrete measures to tackle the challenges Nigerians face, ranging from hunger, unemployment, and insecurity.
The call was made after a meeting of the National Executive Council, the Iwarefa-in Council and members of the society in the Southwest in Ibadan yesterday.
The President of the group, Chief Kamorudeen Okikiola, said urgent steps should be taken to revive the economy.
Okikiola also urged the President to release the Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, who has been in detention in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
He also faulted “the removal of fuel subsidies and increase in fuel price, the establishment of a Security Joint Task Force comprising soldiers, police, Department of State Service, Nigeria Civil Defense Corps and self-determination groups like Agbekoya, OPC, Hunters, and Vigilante to combat insecurity in the Southwest, repair and maintenance of federal, state and rural roads, which have contributed to the high cost of foodstuffs in the markets we demand constitutional roles for our traditional institutions, agricultural revolution, support and protection of farmers on their farms.”
“We are resolved to protect farmers and the entire Yoruba land at all cost. Agbekoya is battle-ready at all times to defend and protect Yoruba land from Fulani criminal herders, bandits and kidnappers. I also want to caution security operatives not to be tribalistic in the way they are handling security issues in any part of the country.”
Over the past months, attention has been drawn to the hike in the prices of foodstuffs in the markets; insecurity has been linked to one of the causes, as many farmers lament over the safety of their farms. Herders clash in some regions has also made some farmers desert their farms.
What way Nigeria? How long shall we wake to inflate goods in our markets? What is the hope of ending hunger, insecurity, unemployment in society? This and many others have been a bitter question in the heart of many Nigerians.