By Fatima Muraina
In order to curtail the new tactics of kidnappers who now disguise as farmers to abduct the real farmers, the Federal Government has been urged to handle security with the utmost urgency it requires.
A don from the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Prof. Alaba Gbadamosi, made the call in an interview with The Hope, In Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Gbadamosi attributed the present food scarcity in the nation to the high rate of insecurity.
“We are in a critical situation. kidnapping remains one of the major challenges impeding food production and has resulted to food scarcity.
“You need to hire armed men to follow you to the farm and that is why the prices of food has increased,” he lamented.
He said Nigeria must de-escalate the problem of kidnapping and make it less attractive to young people, making sure that government descend mercilessly on perpetrators.
According to him, no part of Nigeria can be self sufficient because the people are inter related and inter dependent such that the comparative advantage hence the need for government to strengthen its security architecture and stamp out kidnapping.
Speaking on the development, the Ondo state Chairman of Agricultural Commodity Association, OSACA, Mr Gbenga Obaweya, said farmers in the state have not yet reported such cases, but that they I’ll meet to deliberate on the issue.
The state President of Farmers Congress who doubles as President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Mr Abayomi Monilari, who heaped praises on Amotekun Corps in the state for its successful efforts at protecting lives, enjoined the Corps to double its efforts and put necessary strategies in place to help protect farmers from kidnappers and make farms safe for food production and sufficiency.
It would be recalled that kidnappers have started disguising as farmers to abduct the real farmers from their various farms which is now the latest strategy of abducting farmers in Benue state.