Let there be peace in Kaduna

Im­prov­ing the lot of women in agri­cul­ture

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Adamu Muhd Us­man wrote from KafinHausa, Ji­gawa State Michael Ade­do­tun Oke can be reached at:maof2020@gmail.com

The Kaduna may­hem is ev­ery­body’s busi­ness. The crises led to loss of many lives and prop­er­ties worth mil­lions if not bil­lions, and made many stranded, con­fused, home­less, wid­ows and or­phans. Busi­nesses were paral­ysed be­cause of cur­few and roads lead­ing to many states and neigh­bour­ing coun­tries were closed. So, there is no gain­say­ing that the peo­ple suf­fered a great deal. The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should ini­ti­ate a fo­rum and al­low peo­ple of the state to have dia­logue among them­selves to sort out pos­si­ble means or ways for last­ing peace to reign in the state.

I also urge the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to take the Kaduna and Jos cri­sis very se­ri­ously. Let jus­tice be done, those found guilty in this ugly and in­hu­mane act should at least be pun­ished to serve as de­ter­rent to oth­ers with sim­i­lar mis­guided chival­rous mind set. They should be made to ac­count for the lives and prop­erty that were lost. I also ap­peal to all peo­ple of the state to for­give one an­other. The peo­ple of Kaduna used to be peace lov­ing, loyal, tol­er­ant and un­der­stand­ing, they should think of the good old days.

Please, let’s for­give and for­get, for for­give­ness is to stop be­ing bit­ter or an­gry with one an­other. For­give­ness lim­its and paral­y­ses those who mean evil against you. It is for­give­ness that gives you an edge over and above your en­e­mies. Bear in mind that there is no re­venge as sweet as for­give­ness. In short, he who can­not for­give breaks the bridge which he him­self must pass. Lastly, we should know that noth­ing de­stroys to­day‘s hap­pi­ness than think­ing about yes­ter­day’s mis­for­tune.

Let us come to­gether as one; be­cause alone we are weak but united we are pow­er­ful. Gov­ern­ment should also com­pen­sate those who were af­fected. Other ac­tiv­i­ties that will en­gage the com­mu­ni­ties (youth) like sports should be ini­ti­ated.

Fur­ther­more, I ap­peal to the youths who are used in many of these acts (op­er­a­tions) to turn a new leaf. Nige­rian youths should aspire to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens. They should shun drugs and other so­cial vices.

The Nige­rian woman plays a vi­tal role in plant­ing, har­vest­ing, preser­va­tion, pro­cess­ing and post har­vest­ing tech­nol­ogy man­age­ment.

They also take part in the mar­ket­ing of all forms of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, but in some places they can­not own lands for farm­ing and this is im­ped­ing their pro­duc­tiv­ity. There is an ur­gent need to as­sist women in agri­cul­tural prac­tices through pro­vi­sion of land. Those in po­si­tions of au­thourity should look into the mat­ter with a view to tack­ling it.

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