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Herdsmen & Bandits Responsible For Rising Food Costs

In his Independence Day speech on Friday, President Buhari stated that “as our food production capacity has increased, food prices have been rising due to artificial shortages created by middlemen who have been buying and hoarding these essential commodities for profiteering.”

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Nigerians have condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that middlemen were to blame for the rise in food prices and scarcity of food items, as well as the buying and hoarding of food items.

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In his Independence Day speech on Friday, President Buhari stated that “as our food production capacity has increased, food prices have been rising due to artificial shortages created by middlemen who have been buying and hoarding these essential commodities for profiteering.”

“To address this, I am directing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to rehabilitate the National Food Reserve Agency, as well as to collaborate with security agencies, the Nigerian Commodity Exchange, and the National Assembly to find a long-term solution to these disruptive and unpatriotic hoarding activities.”

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Some Nigerians told reporters on Friday that the president should blame Fulani bandits and insurgents for driving farmers away from their farms, resulting in food shortages and price increases.

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In his reaction, Ambassador Yemi Farounbi stated that it appeared that the President did not dwell at all on the root causes of the problems.

“While the president spoke about food scarcity, he did not address the conflict between farmers and herders. He made no mention of the fact that herders have made farming difficult in many parts of the country, that herdsmen have driven farmers off the farm, and that as a result, farmers have been unable to produce what they should have produced.

“So, if he’s talking about middlemen, middlemen between who and who, between farmers who are no longer there, or whatever, it’s sad.” I thought this should be his chance to prosecute those who have made farming in this country difficult, those who have made it impossible for farmers to produce what we need to feed our fearful population.”\

Herdsmen displacing farming communities

Senator Emma Nwaka urged Buhari to stop living in denial and simply admit the obvious fact that Fulani herdsmen displacing farming communities were to blame for skyrocketing food prices.

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“The President is in a state of self-denial. Is he of the opinion that the rest of us are a bunch of knuckleheads? Who is unaware that the activities of Fulani herdsmen, in particular, are causing food scarcity? Has he forgotten that he asked us to house herders? They openly graze on people’s farms, destroying crops and, in some cases, killing farmers. Then why won’t there be a food shortage when the farmers are displaced?”

Similarly, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa urged Buhari to stop looking for excuses when the true cause of food scarcity was already known.

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“Due to the threat of Fulani herdsmen, many people have not gone to farm for the past two years. If we are not careful, next year will be even worse. People are afraid to go to work on the farm because Fulani herdsmen can kill them. There is a sense of insecurity in the land. This is why food prices are increasing. He should not blame middlemen because there will be no reason for inflation if supply remains constant.”

However, former Nigerian Ambassador to Argentina, Ambassador Empire Kanu, explained that Buhari should blame his poor economic management and the threat of his Fulani kinsmen herders for the country’s insecurity in various sectors, including agriculture.

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Abagun Kole Omololu, National Organising Secretary Afenifere, also reacted, saying, “This is a familiar sing-song of Mr. Buhari.” His blame game did not begin recently; rather, it is a continuation of his military incursion into governance. What has the government done to put a stop to the heinous attacks on farmers and the willful destruction of farmlands by cows herded by vicious killer herdsmen?

“The President should reveal the middlemen and allow the rest of the world to identify and shame them.” If he can’t, he should just keep his mouth shut and work to deliver on evasive promises rather than insulting the nation’s consciousness with such lame excuses from an indifferent and insensitive administration.”

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