The Presidential Candidate of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has assured residents of Agogo, a suburb of the Ashanti Region, to address the issue of nomadic herdsmen in the area.
Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said when given the mandate at the polls, he will put in place measures to curb once and for all what is largely described as the “Fulani menace.”
The NPP leader disclosed this when he addressed residents of Agogo as part of his “Arise for change” tour of the Ashanti Region.
For the past months, residents of Agogo have been battling incidents of attack on their farms by nomadic herdsmen.
The situation degenerated into a fight between the residents and nomadic herdsmen resulting in the death of scores of the people.
The Agogo Traditional Council fumed at the development resulting in an ultimatum in March to have the cattle owners driven out of the town.
An operation was launched by the government to ensure that the herdsmen are driven out of the town in peace.
Addressing the issue, Mr Akufo-Addo said the incident is arguably unfortunate and sympathised with residents whose farms and cattle were destroyed in the process.
He said he could not believe the leaders of the country have not been good at handling the issue as some countries have done.
Citing an example, he said: “Brazil has a population of 200 million people and 213 million cattle. There are more cattle in Brazil than human beings. However, ranching and the implementation of policies have ensured that this situation has not created any problems.”
According to him, the Brazilian authorities have been tactical to the extent that “Humans do not mingle with the cattle.”
He said these are some of the policies he will be putting in place to address the issue of Fulani menace across the country.