The Impetus to The Attainment of Food Security Is The Sustainable Stemming Of Banditry and Kidnapping In Nigeria – By Arc Kabir Ibrahim, FNIM
THE IMPETUS TO THE ATTAINMENT OF FOOD SECURITY IS THE SUSTAINABLE STEMMING OF BANDITRY AND KIDNAPPING OF FARMERS IN NIGERIA-By, AFAN President Arc Kabir Ibrahim,FNIM
No Farmer, No Nation;
The 40 Farmers recently abducted in Zamfara State by gun trotting bandits scares the living day lights out me and all farmers in Nigeria!
Yet again farmers are being kidnapped from my village, Faskari, Katsina State and some neighboring villages in Zamfara State largely because of the continued hiding places offered to the bandits by forest thicksets that we are reluctant to bulldoze!
It is very sad that banditry and kidnapping are becoming a cankerworm in the food basket of the North West of Nigeria with the farmers bearing the brunt.
The incessant kidnappings and general insecurity in the NW and other parts of the country portend a serious threat to our food system.
If this matter exacerbates, the collapse of governance will rear its head and the country will pay a very high price for it.
While we appreciate the effort of the government in ensuring security in some of these areas that have become epicenters of banditry and general insecurity there is still the need to revisit some of the advice that we have given in the various fora that we have been privileged to participate in.
When I participated in the Ministry of Defence committee(MOD)that toured 5 States comprising Taraba, Benue,Nasarawa, Katsina and Zamfara in 2019 I discovered that there was no synergy between the various security agencies in securing the trouble areas, the forests constituting safe heavens to the bandits had no real economic value to Nigeria and that the restoration of peace and tranquility in all the affected areas was next to impossible as a result of these risk factors.
Before this time(MOD committee work) and afterwards I wrote propositions about defoliating the forests in Sambisa, Rugu and other places to finally and definitely rid them of these bandits.
Of course,issues of Climate change and other considerations constitute impediment to this thesis but a mitigation of the resultant effects of this action are also implementable.
The obvious advantage of this defoliation or sectoral removal of these forests is the expansion of our cultivable land and even irrigable land.
The issue of PEACE & SECURITY will be assured once these forests give way.
The Cerrado in Brazil is a clear example of replacing wild forests with deliberate Agricultural production
and GUARANTEED FOOD SECURITY.
To effectively stamp out banditry in the NW and NE we must:
1.Defoliate or sectorially bulldoze the forests immediately.
2. Create real synergy between all the agencies fighting insecurity under the NSA.
3. The Governors forum should as a matter of urgency contribute to a pool of resourses to ensure security in Nigeria because the bandits tend to relocate to areas of seeming opportunity whenever they are chased out of the “woodwork”!
Great Farmer, Great Nation!
Arc Kabir Ibrahim,FNIM
All Farmers Assiciation of Nigeria(AFAN).