The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has appealed to farmers and herdsmen in Katsina State to support the State Government’s initiative aimed at achieving peaceful coexistence between them.
NOA State Director, Alhaji Armayau Liti, made the call on Thursday in Safana while addressing some farmers, herdsmen, traditional and religious leaders, as well as some youth groups around Rugu forest community.
He said the call has become imperative because everybody has a role to play to ensure peace in the society.
The director urged the farmers and herdsmen to always evolve means of resolving their grievances amicably without confrontation. He also appealed to them to continue to report their problems to the relevant authorities and desist from taking law into their hands.
Liti charged community and religious leaders, as well as the youth group representatives to continue to enlighten their people on the importance of peace without which nothing can be achieved.
He, therefore, urged security agents to continue to join hands with the traditional and the religious leaders to achieve the set goal.
Liti also appealed to Rugu Forest communities to continue to honour state government amnesty programme to end criminal activities in the forest.
The director noted that the Federal Government was making efforts to improve the living condition of youths as part of measure to maintain peace and development in the country in general.
Also speaking, the Safana Local Government Divisional Police Officer (DPO), SP Ahmed Munir, stressed the need for people in the areas to expose activities of criminals within their community.
He advised people to always report any suspicious movement of persons and activities of criminals to security agents for prompt response.
In his remarks, the District Head of Safana, Alhaji Sada Rufai, expressed dissatisfaction with some herdsmen who were still moving with their deadly weapons in the areas in spite of the amnesty programme.