PLAGUED by years of interminable Islamist terrorism, banditry and other unbridled security challenges, Nigeria’s ability to feed its mammoth population is becoming highly questionable. Already, millions of Nigerians are unable to feed like they used to do. With insecurity deteriorating to an extraordinary level, there is a real threat of hunger looming large over Africa’s most populous country. Nigeria occupied the 10th position in the 2020 Global Hunger Index where countries like Afghanistan, Haiti and Chad prominently featured among the ten hungriest countries.
Millions of Nigerians live in extreme poverty on less than $1.90 per person per day, an amount which is impossible to support a healthy livelihood. But not since the Nigerian Civil War between 1967 and 1970 has the security situation been so devastating. This time, almost every part of the country is under siege of one form of insecurity or the other. The bloody breaches have created millions of internally displaced persons and rendered farming activities negligible in the North-East, North-West, and North-Central, regarded as the major food-producing regions. Farming in other regions is also increasingly being threatened.
According to the North-East Development Commission, over 2.6 million people are at risk of hunger in Borno State alone due to Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorist attacks. This is nearly half of the state’s population estimated at 5.86 million (2016). The Food and Agricultural Organisation said insurgency gas denied 65,800 farmers access to agricultural inputs.
Last November, the bloodthirsty Islamists beheaded 76 rice farmers in Zabarmari, Jere Local Government Area, for allegedly supporting the Nigerian military, aggravating the anarchy in the region. In March, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation warned that at least 9.2 million Nigerians faced starvation.
To underline the growing insecurity that is driving farmers out of their traditional routines, the Nigerian military conducted airstrikes against bandits in two states – Niger and Zamfara – in mid-June. Airstrikes by the Nigerian Air Force have been going on for years but are yet to achieve peace. Those two states, along with Kebbi, Katsina, and Kaduna, have been witnessing large-scale conflict. Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, recently warned of imminent famine in the agrarian state. He said, “Bandits have forced us to change our way of life in Niger State; they stopped our children from going to school, stopped us from travelling on our roads, stopped farmers from going to the farms…”
As in Niger, the bandits have also sacked farms in Zamfara, Katsina and Read More
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