From: AgroNature Admin
The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh on Thursday tasked Nigerians on divine intervention over recent killings in Benue, Kaduna, Rivers and Kwara States.
The Minister who expressed sadness over the continued spate of communal clashes from across the country called for a collective approach to address the situation.
Ogbeh said new year which ought to be a season of celebration has turned otherwise.
Scores have been killed in repeated attacks in Benue State which most recently occurred in Logo and Guma local governments of Benue state. This was as a result of the recent herdsmen attack.
The Minister, in a statement issued in Abuja further blamed the incident on the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
According to him, the trend of communal attacks will subside as the country gradually experience economic growth.
“We admonish every Nigerian to continue praying to God to bring freedom and relief to the country,” Ogbeh said.
In a statement signed by Mrs. Kemi Ogunmakinwa, on behalf of the ministry’s Director of Information reads: “This is to really express sadness at the continued spate of killings across the country. We entered the new year with hope, prayers and wishing everyone happy new year.
“It has turned out now that across the country from Kaduna ,Rivers , Benue, to Kwara states is nothing but a harvest of deaths. Some of it has to do, we believe with clashes between herdsmen and farmers, but the killings are definitely extremely disturbing and we do not know how a country can hope to enjoy happiness and fruits of God’s blessings when people engage so violently in hurting each other.”
“We do hope that as the economy grows and people gets busier, this degree of desperation and anger and venom will definitely decline,” Ogbeh added.