Herders’ Crises: Northern Govs Meet With Miyetti Allah

The Northern States Governors’ Forum has held a meeting with the national leadership and state chapters of the Miyetti Allah cattle Breeders Association as part of efforts to find lasting solutions to the continued clashes between herders and farmers across the federation.
The meeting, which held in Sokoto, had in attendance NSGF chairman and Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, host Governor, Aminu Tambuwal and their counterparts from Kano (Abdullahi Ganduje), and Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai.
El-Rufai joined the meeting after it started.
Though no formal communique was issued at the end of the meeting, reports indicate that the gathering discussed genesis of the crisis, efforts to contain it and how to entrench permanent solution.
In his opening remarks, Governor Shettima said the 19 northern states are worried by the rising cases of insecurity involving herder and farmers, and expressed optimism that their intervention will help in finding lasting solution to the conflicts.
He said they are intervening in order to complement efforts of the federal government, and said they hope to adopt local-conflict resolution mechanism to bring back trust and understanding among all the people of the region.
“We have seen enough crisis in the North East with Boko Haram. We cannot afford to let any other conflict linger without a solution. We hope to hear from all sides and finally come up with a workable plan that will restore confidence and entrench lasting peace in our region,” he added.
Revealing the position of MACBAN, a source at the meeting said: “The leadership of Miyetti Allah, led by the National President, Muhammed Kirowa, told the meeting that the approach to conflict resolution adopted by political leaders in some states is not helpful in finding lasting peace.
“In his views, political leaders, especially Governors, should approach issues of peace in neutral perspective, not as biased party. He said their members have lived in many of these conflict-prone communities for centuries without conflict, but wondered why is the situation getting out of hand now,” the source added.
Reports indicate that even though no resolution was reached at the Sokoto meeting, a new round of discussion will be scheduled to take place in Abuja, Jos, Makurdi and Kaduna in the coming weeks and months.

Clash Between Farmers And Herdsmen Not Tribal- Abubakar Bagudu

The Governor of Kebbi state has blamed the media for blowing things out of proportion in respect to farmers and herdsmen clash across the country.

Governor Abubakar Bagudu while hosting the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed with a team of journalists has said that the clashes between farmers and herdsmen across the country are not tribal but consequences of climate change.

The governor who said that the clashes were misunderstood in many quarters, challenged the media to carry out investigation to ascertain the truth and veracity of his claims.

He advised the minister to lead newsmen to some prone areas to interview the pastoralists and other concerned stakeholders in order to find out the truth and educate Nigerians.

“It is environmental challenge caused by climate change. The occupational practice of pastoralists and even the fishermen are threatened.

“The water resources and grasses are not available and the pastoralists are forced to move toward the South,’ he said.

The Minister led the journalists to Kebbi for on-hand assessment of the agriculture revolution in the state.

Bagudu called for the understanding of the plight of the pastoralists and the need to gradually introduce the modern trend of ranches to them.

He said that the average herders were not literate and because of the nature of what they were doing, they were prone to crime.

“In Kebbi, the predominant prisoners in custody are the Fulanis; they are prone to crime because of lack of Education.

“On the other hand, they are also victims of cattle rustlers who attack them and take away their animals,” he said.

The governor said that the state was working with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture to revive the Argungu fishing festival.

He thanked the minister for the initiative of leading newsmen to Kebbi to showcase the agriculture revolution in the state with partnership with the Federal Government.

The Minister said the visit was necessary to let the world know what the government was doing to transform the agriculture sector was real and yielding fruits.

“We are here to tell Nigerians and the world of the giant strides of Kebbi in the agriculture sector.

“The story of Agriculture revolution in Nigeria will be incomplete without Kebbi.

“The state has turned around the narrative in the agriculture sector to the extent that everyone wants to engage in agriculture in the state,” he said.

The minister reiterated the federal government’s commitment to supporting the farmers to boost food production in the country.