Chief Chris Elumunoh, former Anambra President of Oha na Eze Ndigbo, has called on the Federal Government to urgently address the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen in Anambra.
Elumunoh, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nkwelle-Ezunaka, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra on Wednesday.
He said that the activities of herdsmen in the country was worrisome and needed urgent measures from higher authourities.
“In our area here the North Senatorial District, the clash between farmers and herdsmen iss getting out of hands and we do not sleep with our two eyes closed on a daily basis,” he said.
Elumunoh said that the state government has been addressing the situation by setting up the cattle menace committee to address issues between the two groups.
“We need stronger measures from the Federal Government, because the issue is beyond state government and the Federal Government needs to complement their efforts,” he said.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari should help prevent the crisis from escalating beyond its present state.
Elumunoh urged Buhari to strengthen the conflict resolution mechanism to address the cross border movement of both cattle rustlers and armed herders in Anambra and other parts of the country.
He said that acts such as local migration routes, crops damage, livestock theft, among others are problems that trigger these disputes and needed to be addressed urgently.
Elumunoh said that the acts has instilled fears in the people who are mainly farmers, adding that it had contributed to the low farm produce in the area.