Tedheke Retson, the National Coordinator and Managing Director of the Nigeria Farmers Group and Cooperative Society (NFGCS) has emphasized the need for boosting agriculture as a means of solving insecurity challenges in the country.

He mentioned that many of Nigeria’s woes are as a result of broken agricultural systems and the dysfunction of the local government.

In his opinion, violence and force alone could not help cure the disease of insecurity.

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Speaking more on the solutions that can be implemented, he said: “The local government system must work again. If the local government does not work, development cannot be inclusive; it cannot be total; it cannot be foundational and it cannot be progressive.”

“The foundation of insurgency is the neglect of rural Nigeria. You have to understand this statement in contexts. Because states have refused to develop their rural communities, bandits, kidnappers and extremists have found willing cooperators in the rural Nigeria whom they can recruit,” he said.

Source: The Guardian

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