Traditional ruler urges farmers, herdsmen to co-exist in peace

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As Benue open grazing prohibition law became effective, the Uehra Ashea of Kube Chiefdom in Nasarawa State, Mr Christopher Jatau, has advised farmers and herdsmen in his domain to co-exist peacefully.

Newsmen report that the law has prompted some herdsmen to move their cattle to the neigbouring Nasarawa state.

The traditional rule, who gave the advice in Kube on Wednesday in an interview with newsmen, said that such peaceful existence would boost food production in the area.

According to him, it will also enhance the socio-economic wellbeing of the people in particular and the economic development of the state in general.

The Uehra Ashea also urged the people of his chiefdom to continue engaging in agriculture to enhance food production, adding that no society could exist comfortably without agriculture.

Jatau, however, stressed the need for farmers not to sell all their produce for the sake of the of their households and to ensure food security.

“Agriculture is the major source of livelihood of every family and nation; its importance cannot be overemphasised to the development of any society

“This is harvesting period of farm produce, I will not advise farmers not to sell the whole of their farm produce but save some in order to improve their standard of living and their dependants,” Jatau said.

He also urged Nigerians to continue to be their brother’s keepers by living in peace and tolerating one another, irrespective of ethnic, religious, political affiliations and other divisive expressions.

“No society or nation can achieve meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion, hence the need for Nigerians to embrace peace at all the times.’’

NAN

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