THE Traditional Ruler of Gom Mama in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Mustapha Zubairu, has urged farmers and herdsmen to always embrace dialogue as a means of settling conflict to boost food security in the country.
Zubairu made the call on Friday while speaking with newsmen in Lafia, Nasarawa State.
He said that peace was a necessary requirement for the development of every society, hence the need for farmers and herdsmen to co-exist peacefully with one another.
He urged the people of his chiefdom and Nigerians to unite and promote peaceful co-existence for development of the area and the country at large.
The monarch said that farmers and herdsmen must understand the value of peace and co-existence in order to foster development in the state and the country at large.
“The importance of peace and unity to the development of the society cannot be overemphasised, hence the need for all and sundry to embrace peace.
“As the farming season begins, I want to call on all of us, especially farmers and herdsmen to imbibe the spirit of love and peaceful co-existence to enhance growth and development.
“This is also to boost food security as no nation can achieve meaningful progress and development without peace,” Zubairu said.
He cautioned herdsmen against grazing on farm land while advising farmers against taking the law into their hands, no matter the level of provocation.
He urged the people to be law-abiding, respect constituted authorities and be their brother’s keepers for development to be achieved in the area.
The monarch warned that any one found taking the laws into his or her hands would be made to face the full wrath of the law.
He reiterated his commitment to initiate peace-building and other programmes that would impact positively on the lives of the people of the area and the state at large
Zubairu urged his subjects and other Nigerians to embrace frequent hand washing, social distancing, use of face masks to contain the spread of COVID- 19 in the country.
– May 15, 2020 @ 17:55 GMT /