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Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Sunday charged farmers and herders across the country, most especially in the South-west to embrace peace as a tool to enhance productivity.
“Both farmers and herders are two critical stakeholders in food production, I want to advise them to use peace to boost productivity.
“The government has been trying and has even promised to step up the fight against insecurity in the country.
“So, I call on all stakeholders in food production especially the farmers to be patience with the government’s approach towards stabilising peaceful coexistence across the country,” Ooni said.
Speaking while playing host to thousands of Ile Ife natives and guests from other parts of the country to celebrate the 2019 edition of the annual Yam Festival in Ile-Ife, Oba Ogunwusi lamented that the country has suffered economically from the clashes between farmers and herders.
Flanked by his Olori, Silekunola Ogunwusi and Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, the Ooni expressed confidence that Nigeria would soon defeat insecurity.
He prayed for economic progress and agricultural productivity, and symbolically sliced a tuber of yam, a declaration that tubers of yam and other farm produce can now be consumed across Yorubaland.
On the motivation behind the recent economic boom across Ile-Ife markets, Oba Ogunwusi described the ancient city as one of the prominent cities for various economic activities before modern civilisation.
“The abandoned ancient Oja-Ife market also spiritually known as Oja Ejigbom’ekun which is the first market in the world and others like the Itakogun and Ajifowobaje markets as well as Oja Tuntun have been revived to bring back the lost economic glories of Ile-Ife,” the traditional ruler said.