Taking away Farmers’ Rights will not solve Gombe’s Farmer-herder Crisis

In November 2021, Yahaya had given a similar order. Then, the state government issued a deadline for farmers to harvest their crop produce for the same reason above. Despite the forced directive, herders continued to attack farmers in the state. Section 17(2)(e) of the Nigerian Constitution provides citizens equal rights, obligations, and opportunities before the law. Therefore, the governor needs to reverse his forced directives.

The farmer-herder crisis is a recurring issue in many parts of Nigeria. According to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, these conflicts displaced over 300,000 and killed more than 1,868 people between 2018 and 2021. Apart from the loss of lives, the periodic clashes between nomadic herders and farmers are responsible for the lose of farm produce worth millions annually.

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