Buhari, Govs settle for cattle ranches over Fulani Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes

by on April 4, 2016

Instead of grazing reserves, President Muhammadu Bu­hari and state governors in the federation have agreed that ranches should be established to tackle the incessant farmers/herdsmen clashes.

The leaders’ decision was made public on Sunday by Pla­teau State Governor Simon La­long.

Lalong spoke in Jos at the dedication of the new headquar­ters of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA).

The governor said that graz­ing reserves would not address the clashes and the killings.

According to the News Agen­cy of Nigeria (NAN), 200 people were killed in one of the recent clashes between herdsmen and their host communities in Aga­tu, Benue State.

“The President and gover­nors agreed that there would be no grazing areas; ranches would be established by government where the cattle would be kept in one place and fed.

“Government will provide fa­cilities like medical, schools and other needs in the ranches,” he said.

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Lalong further said that the ranches would not be for Fulani herdsmen alone but for whoev­er rears cattle.

He said that the Buhari ad­ministration inherited myriads of problems, saying that herds­men/farmers clashes were just one of such problems and urged the people to be patient.

He urged Plateau citizens to pray for the state and the Federal Government as all the problems could not be solved in one year.

Also speaking, the Sena­tor representing Plateau South, Jeremiah Useni, said that dele­gates at the 2014 National Con­ference agreed that grazing re­serves should be a state affair, not federal.

He said that it would be dif­ficult for farmers to support the establishment of grazing areas as they would not donate their farms for grazing purposes.

In his sermon, Anthony Farinto, former ECWA President, called on leaders at all levels to urgently address the difficulties Nigerians were going through.

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The cleric, who condemned the recent killing of a military of­ficial, urged the Federal Govern­ment to do all within its power to address the security challeng­es facing the country.

Meanwhile, the Rivers State Police Command has confirmed last week’s killing of seven per­sons in Egiland, a community in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Gov­ernment Area of Rivers State.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Muham­mad, who reacted to the alleged killing of about 16 persons in the area, said the number was con­flicting as the police could only confirmed the murder of a pas­tor and six others in the area.

Ahmad further stated that their investigation revealed that the victims were allegedly killed by some unidentified herdsmen who tried to get back at the com­munity over the stealing of some of their cows.

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He said: “The command found it instructive to state that on Thursday, March 30, 2016 at about 5:30am, the police in Egi Division received a report that on Wednesday, March 29, 2016 at about 10pm unidentified as­sailants suspected to be herds­men struck in Ohali-Elu town leaving one Pastor Geoffrey Ogagaghene with severe cutlass cuts that later led to his death.

“It is also pertinent to state that in the buildup to the at­tack, there was a case of steal­ing of unspecified number of cows belonging to some herds­men allegedly perpetrated by the youths of the community, but the case was never report­ed to the police. It is reasonably suspected that the attack might have been carried out by the herdsmen as reprisal for steal­ing their cows.”

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