- Members of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Borno have been assured of full safety as they carry out their businesses
- The assurance was given by the Nigerian Army on Thursday, October 4
- Brigadier General Bulama Biu, the acting general commanding officer of 7 Division, Maiduguri made the pledge to the farmers
The Nigerian Army has pledged to guarantee the safety of farmers in Borno, to enhance the production of paddy rice and other food crops.
Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, director of Army public relations, in a statement issued on Thursday, October 4, in Maiduguri, quoted Brigadier General Bulama Biu, the acting general commanding officer of 7 Division, Maiduguri as making the pledge when members of the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) paid him a courtesy visit in in the capital, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The statement quoted Biu as saying that the army would provide security to farmers to enable them cultivate their farmlands and ensure their safety to encourage agricultural activities.
Biu noted that rice farmers were critical partners in ensuring food security for sustainable social and economic development in the country.
He tasked farmers to be law-abiding and ensure that they followed due-process in the discharge of their business.
In his remarks, Alhaji Bulama Mohammed, the chairman of the association, lauded the military over the successes recorded in the counter-insurgency campaign in the northeast. Mohammad sought the support of the military to ease movement of the produce to the market.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Nigerian Army, in the evening of Thursday, April 26, released a warning to residents of Maiduguri asking them not to panic but remain in their houses as tension spread between soldiers and Boko Haram invaders.
“The general public is please requested not to panic and discountenance rumours of Boko Haram presence. You are further enjoined enjoined to please remain at home and be vigilant.
The security situation in Maiduguri is under control,” a short statement from Colonel Kingsley Samuel, the deputy director of Nigerian Army public relations, said.
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