Farm­ers/herders clash: North­ern govs to meet Miyetti Al­lah

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The North­ern states Gov­er­nors Fo­rum and Miyetti Al­lah Fu­lani Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria will meet next week to tackle clashes be­tween herds­men and farm­ers.

Chair­man of the fo­rum and Niger State Gover­nor, Dr. Ba­bangida Aliyu, said this on Fri­day in Minna, when he met with lead­ers of the state chap­ter of the as­so­ci­a­tion.

``Mem­bers of the fo­rum and lead­ers of the Fu­lani cat­tle breed­ers as­so­ci­a­tion will fash­ion out strate­gies to ad­dress the dis­turb­ing state of in­se­cu­rity in the re­gion and prof­fer prac­ti­cal and en­dur­ing so­lu­tions. Specif­i­cally, Miyetti Al­lah would work closely with gov­er­nors to un­mask crim­i­nals who mas­quer­ade as cat­tle breed­ers to in­flict mayhem on in­no­cent cit­i­zens. The ob­jec­tive of the par­ley be­tween North­ern gov­er­nors and Miyetti Al­lah is to en­gen­der the restora­tion of the most de­sired peace­ful co-ex­is­tence, unity and de­vel­op­ment in the en­tire re­gion,” Aliyu said.

The gover­nor said the 36 gov­er­nors at the last meet­ing of the Na­tional Eco­nomic Coun­cil (NEC) con­sti­tuted a panel headed by Gover­nor Mur­tala Nyako of Adamawa, to han­dle rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, heal­ing, peace and se­cu­rity in the re­gion.

Aliyu said the north­ern gov­er­nors would call for a na­tional pol­icy to set­tle no­mads and pro­vide ad­e­quate graz­ing re­serves and cat­tle routes.

Chair­man of Miyetti Al­lah in Niger State, Al­haji Is­maila Rebe, lamented the loss of lives caused by in­ces­sant clashes be­tween herds­men and farm­ers.

Rebe urged gov­ern­ments to take im­me­di­ate steps to set aside ded­i­cated ar­eas of land for pas­toral use. He main­tained that lack of proper de­mar­ca­tion of graz­ing fields for herds­men and the non-adop­tion of a com­pre­hen­sive pas­toral re­source de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme were the ma­jor causes of the con­stant fric­tion. ( NAN)

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