Farmers in Ogoni of Rivers State, through her spokesperson, Mrs. Rosannah Leedum Emmanuel have threatened to quit farming and boycott the 2019 election in Nigeria, if the government and security agencies do not curb the issue of insecurity in the area.
This expression was made yesterday at the Ogoni General Assembly 2018, organised by the Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates in Bori, in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.
According to the spokesperson, the daily killings of farmers and high rate of robbery in the farms have reduced the production of foods in the areas, as many farmers were afraid of going to the farms and except there is an urgent intervention, their members will quit going to the farm and ultimately boycott the forthcoming general elections.
She informed Daily Independent that just last week two female farmers were killed in their farms by unknown gunmen at Sii and Gwara communities of Ogoni and uptil date nobody has been able to fish out the perpetrators of the crimes.
“The Ogoni General Assembly came up with a decision as part of the communiqué in the meeting that the entire Ogoni would boycott the 2019 election in Nigeria and quit farming if the government and security agencies do not address the issue of insecurity in the area” Said the National Coordinator of Ken-Saro-Wiwa Associates, Chief Gani Topba.
He also expressly instructed that the the police inform the Chiefs and elders of the two communities (Sii and Gwara) to produce the hoodlums in their communities, alleging that the issue of insecurity in the area was as a result of land dispute between the two communities.
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