The All Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria(AFAN), Benue State Chapter has refuted claims by the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong that farmers additionally bear AK-47 riffles just like the armed Fulani herdsmen.
Governor, Simon Lalong throughout a programme on Channels Tv just lately, accused farmers of carrying arms in opposition to the Fulani herdsmen.
Reacting, an announcement collectively signed by the State Chairman of AFAN, Aondongu Saaku and the Affiliation’s PRO, Benue State Chapter, Anthony Onu Ogbole, described the accusation as an insult on members.
The assertion reads: “All Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria (AFAN), Benue State Chapter finds Governor Lalong’s accusation grossly unacceptable and we hereby reject it in its entirety.
“We think about the Plateau State Governor’s utterances as an insult to farmers of Benue State particularly and Nigerian farmers basically whose efforts in feeding the nation are being annoyed by atrocities of armed herdsmen.
“Benue farmers are peaceable and law-abiding. We don’t take legal guidelines into our palms regardless of the numerous unprovoked assaults on our members who’re killed of their a whole lot and their solely supply of livelihood destroyed by armed herdsmen.
“We commend the efforts of Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom within the enactment of the Open Grazing Prohibition and Ranches Institution Legislation and quite a few different measures he’s taking to ensure lasting peace and safety within the state.
“We additionally acknowledge the Governor for his agency stand for justice and his unflinching dedication to making sure that hundreds of our members who’ve been displaced because of herdsmen assaults return to their ancestral properties. We’re nonetheless ready for the N10 billion promised by the Federal Authorities to assist displaced farmers to resettle.
“We’re inspired by the Governor’s selfless efforts and it’s our perception that sometime quickly, we are going to get justice.
“We hereby name on the nationwide workplace of the All Farmers Affiliation of Nigeria to rise in defence of her members throughout the nation”.