Farmers in the country have been called upon by the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Muhammadu Mustapha, not to sell all their farm produce for the year.
The royal father, who made the call in his Sallah message, on Monday, urged farmers in Adamawa State and across the country to also go into dry season farming.
He said, “I understand this year’s farming’s season is good and farmers are likely to experience bumper harvest. But I want to urge them to be discreet and not to sell off everything and be left without food.
“At the same time, I want to urge the farmers to engage in dry season farming so that there will be surplus food in the country.
“I am also calling on the government to provide farmers with modern farming implement, seedlings, fertilizers and herbicides to assist them.”
The royal father, who called for peaceful co-existence between cattle herders and farmers, blamed the recurrent clashes between the two groups on “the absence of brotherly love and obedience to constituted authorities.”
He added, “Every day, I get to hear reports of these clashes which are caused by the absence of brotherly love and obedience to constituted authorities.
“It is important that we rise up together in unity to confront this challenge by uniting with the government and security agencies to tackle this malaise.”
Mustapha, who was presented with kolanuts by the Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla, after delivering his Sallah message, also expressed gratitude to the state government for setting aside 5,000 hectares of grazing land for cattle herders in the state.
He said the government’s gesture would help to curtail disputes between herders and farmers.
Also, the Chief Imam of Jos Central Mosque, Sheikh Lawal Adam, has challenged Muslim faithful to live peaceably with one another.
The cleric gave the charge on Monday in Jos, in a short sermon he delivered at theEid-el-Kabirprayers.
The cleric called on Nigerians, particularly Muslims, “to be close to God and always remain close to Allah in whatever they are doing, have the fear of Allah and practise the true tenets of Islam.”
He said the current economic hardship in Nigeria required sincerity and prayers for the situation to improve.