We know cows are dangerous animals, and sometimes these Fulani herdsmen know how to talk to their cows, so the cows will tread on people who come closer to them. And so we have to arm ourselves so that in case such a thing happens, we can defend ourselves with clubs, machetes and sticks and guns. By March, we don’t want to see them again.” — Nana Akemfo Asiedu Agyeman
Acting president of the Kwahu Traditional Council, Nana Akyemfo Asiedu Agyeman, made these remarks while charging his people to fight to protect their land from the destructive activities of Fulani herdsmen if Government fails to do so.
His comments follow a similar charge by the Eastern Regional police commander, DCOP Awuntugube Awuni, who directed security personnel deployed to the region to shoot and kill cows used as weapons by the nomads in their resistance to expulsion.
The herdsmen stand accused of killing, raping and destroying the farms of indigenes over the years. The herdsmen deny the accusations, claiming the clashes with the indigenes are the result of settled farmers occupying land previously agreed upon for the grazing of Fulani herds.
If it comes to fight with our blood to secure our land, I am promising that I will do that,” Agyeman said. “If they do not move from our land or leave our land for us, we will do it.”