An 82-year-old man in Akumazi Umuocha in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State, Mr. Hitler Nwabude has cried out over the destruction of his cassava farm land and yam barn by cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen.
He disclosed this in tears while addressing news men at his residence in Akumazi Umuocha, saying that all that he laboured for in the past one year have all been destroyed by cows.
Mr. Nwabude stated that he does not have any other means of livelihood, saying that he only feeds himself and his entire family with the proceeds he earns from his farm land. He added that all his hope has been dashed, calling for financial assistance from the government and concerned individuals and groups.
Continuing, Mr. Nwabude affirmed that farming remains the only means of surviving the economic hardship in the country, saying that for Fulani herdsmen and their cows to come to Ika land and become lords is unacceptable.
In his words, “When I got to my farm, what I saw was a disaster. My cassava, yam barns, and sugar cane have all been destroyed. Fulani herdsmen and their cows have caused several havoc and pains to Ika people, especially farmers. What we laboured for in a whole year were all destroyed by cows.
“Governor Okowa should come to our aid and caution these visitors. We will not accept to be slaves, after all we are in our own father land. It will not happen. If this is not urgently addressed, we might have to rise and defend the only source of our livelihood”.
Asked if he had reported to the authority, Mr. Hitler Nwabude said he had gone to Umunede Divisional Police to report and was told to keep his eyes on the ground while they too will do same.