Former Army chief sends crucial warning to Buhari, says famine imminent

Former Army chief sends crucial warning to Buhari, says famine imminent

- Lt. General Alani Akinrinade has sent an urgent warning to President Buhari

- The former chief of defence staff is of the opinion that the killing of farmers may lead to famine in Nigeria

- Akinrinade urged Buhari to find a lasting solution to the recurring herdsmen and farmers crisis, and killings in the country

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Following the recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers, and killings in Nigeria, former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd), has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to find a permanent solution.

In a report by ThisDay, Akinrinade made the statement when the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, visited Osun state to inaugurate projects.

Akinrinade speaking further warned that if there's no end to the killing of farmers, it may lead to famine in the country.

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He explained that a famine is imminent as a result of the unexpected bad weather this year in collaboration with the daring current situation.

Former Army chief sends crucial warning to Buhari, says famine imminent
Former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade (rtd). Photo credit: The Guardian
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The retired military officer suggested that the president read the herdsmen the riot act, adding that it is not acceptable for any foreigner to enter the country illegally and attack the people.

He said: “The situation is so daring, that in collaboration with unexpected bad weather this year, a famine is imminent. We hear we are already borrowing grains from the ECOWAS countries, the immediate result of farmers being forced to abandon their farms.

“These are difficult matters that cannot be addressed in the abstract. The whole buck stops on his table. Let me suggest to him that he needs to shape up, read the riot act to our people, enlist them in unswerving cooperation to participate fully in the redemption of their country. Arms and brutal force is not sufficient to defeat an insurgency.”

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Akinrinade while suggesting restructuring the country, said what it described as reorganization in the Armed Forces is what civilians call restructuring. He said restructuring was long overdue and over flogged.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that in what might likely come to affect Nigeria when it comes to food production, reports have it that over 78,000 farmers have abandoned the farmland in Borno, Katsina, Taraba, Plateau and other states in the north.

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This is due to the continuous menace of Boko Haram terrorists, bandits, and herdsmen. About 56,000 Internally Displaced Households (IDH) farmers from 28 communities in Borno state have lost no less than 504,000 metric tonnes of food since 2015.

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