The traditional ruler of Ishiagu autonomous community of Ivo Local Government Area in Ebonyi, Chief Moses Ngele, has decried the wanton destruction of farmlands in the community by herdsmen.
Ngele told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ishiagu on Wednesday that the destruction of crops, plants and other farm produce in different parts of the community by the herdsmen.
According to him, the cattle have ravaged rice, yams, cassava, among other crops and plants cultivated by the farmers on their farmlands, adding that the destruction portend great danger for the community.
“The cattle feed on crops and plants cultivated by my people in their various farmlands, the situation is the same across the 17 communities that make up Ishiagu.
“The victims are helpless and every day they go to their farms, they only go there to behold devastation done in their farms by the herdsmen.
“We are peace-loving people and that is why we do not want to confront them violently but rather we are appealing to the State and Federal Government to come to our rescue.
“My fear is that all that my people cultivated have all been destroyed and farmine is looming in the community,” Ngele said.
The traditional ruler also alleged rape and assault of the women in the community by suspected herdsmen.
He, therefore, urged the Federal Government to urgently address incessant clashes between the pastoralists and the farmers across the country.
“The incessant clashes between these two groups threaten the national security of our country and government must use all energy and resources to address them.
“Peace and security are needed to enhance economic growth, development and foster direct foreign as well as local investment.” NAN