The Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has decried the incessant attack on farmers by Fulani herdsmen in the state and country at large and called on the Federal Government to take strident measures to curb the protracted clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Okowa, who made the call on Saturday at the 21st Ogwa Ika and 17th Ika Ka Mma Annual Lecture Series organised by Onu Ika Nigeria at Abavo, Ika South Local Government Area of the state, stated that his administration was doing its best to check the havoc being wreaked by Fulani herdsmen on farmers through interface with critical stakeholders.
He, however, regretted that his efforts had been constrained by his limited control of the security apparatuses.
He decried the frequent loss of lives from herdsmen attacks on defenseless farmers and other Nigerians and insisted that the Federal Government must curb the menace before it would be too late.
“I also charge the Federal Government to tell Nigerians the steps it has taken to stem the ugly trend,” he stated.
On irregular migration of youths seeking greener pastures in foreign countries and increasing child-trafficking, Okowa charged parents and caregivers to live up to their responsibilities by openly condemning the acts and restrain their children from embarking on such dangerous journeys.
He condemned the situation where parents mounted undue pressure on their children and wards to embark on journeys to Europe through the desert, saying that the lives of many promising Nigerians had been lost in the process.
The Head, Collective Leadership, Onu Ika Nigeria, Mr. Daniel Usifor, said in his address that for three consecutive years, the Onu Ika had consistently forewarned of the devastating influx of Fulani herdsmen into the communities.
“We even saw them as foot soldiers on reconnaissance mission waiting to trigger action or orders to act; we also cautioned that there was an undeclared war in Nigeria,” he said.
Usifor urged the government to take actions to check the menace of the herdsmen in order to save the lives of the people.