By; JABIRU A. HASSAN, Kano
The recent General Assembly Of Farmers (GAF) held in Kano State on Friday was poorly attended by the farmers despites all efforts being made by the factional leaders of the All Farmers Association of NIgeria (AFAN).
Most of the farmers that had chats with our correspondent, stated that they were misguided to attend the event at Kano Government House which they blindly attended.
“At the end, we realized that the gathering is a scam and a plan to defraud the innocent farmers under the AFAN factional leadership.”
Malam Baubakar Lawan from Dala Local Government Area said that, “we found out that the factional leadership only comprised of Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Malam Sabo Na nono, Kano Deputy Governor, Nasiru Gawuna and the factional AFAN President, Farouk Mudi without the presence of farmers from across Nigeria which seems to be a great set back to this year’s GAF.
Similarly, a farmer from Ungogo Local Government Area, Alhaji Magaji Ahmad disclosed that the gathering shows that there was no presence of the association’s real leaders and there was no presence of prominent and large scale farmers that are from all the 36 states of the federation and the FCT which is a handiwork of few people that used their mandate to benefit from their plans.
In another development, a group of large scale farmers from Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa states called on the authentic national President, Architect Kabir Ibrahim to organise a better GAF, where farmers from all categories will converge and discuss real issues related to Nigeria’s agriculture, and commended the Kano State Chairman of AFAN, Alhaji Abdulrasheed Magaji Rimin Gado for uniting Kano farmers despite challenges.