According to the man, he took a bank loan, employed farm hands and traveled to inspect the farm twice every month; only to wake up to hear that his farm was set ablaze by herdsmen because his workers warned them not to trespass in the farm.
Here’s what the heartbroken Nigerian man wrote on Facebook;
Four Years ago, I went back to to the farm.
Invested my life savings and borrowed more money from friends. Took bank loan.
Considering the future and invested in my passion. Got labour from locals and also employed few from Benin Republic.
Planted over 4,000 stands of palm tree; over 2,000 stands of plantain; over 500 stands of cashew and about 300 stands of Cocoa.
I was always excited traveling to Ekiti twice a month from my base in Lagos to monitor the progress of my passion and investment.
Unfortunately, my hope was dashed this morning when I got the call that Fulani Herdsmen set my farm ablaze last night. Just because they were warned by my workers to stop their activities on the farm.
Is this how we will continue?
Recall that we reported few weeks ago that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, ssued a stern warning to leaders of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, on the need to keep their cattle away from farms, vowing to hold them responsible for any act of destruction and killing.
He also said Fulani herdsmen doing business in Ekiti State would henceforth register their identity for N5,000 within three months, or face the wrath of the law.
Mr. Fayose met with MACBAN leaders, led by the Serikin Fulani in the state, Muhammed Abashe, as well as the Tiv community, farmers, local hunters and security agencies on Saturday.
He pointedly told Mr. Abashe that he would hold him responsible for further attacks as it seemed he was not doing enough to stem the tide of herdsmen’s destruction of farms and the killings in the state.