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Herders, farmers declare for peace in southeast

Herders, farmers declare for peace in southeast

- Cattle breeders and farmers in Enugu state have entered into an agreement that will ensure enduring peaceful coexistence between the two groups

- The leadership of the two groups have been asked to help spread the “gospel of peaceful co-existence” to other zones as it was worthy of emulation

- The southeast zonal chairman of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki said the herdsmen's only business in the zone is to feed their cattle

The leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Enugu state chapter and other stakeholders said they will ensure peaceful co-existence among themselves.

Daily Trust reports that the herders and farmers noted that they would continue to live in peace, despite whatever misunderstanding that must have happened in the past.

The southeast zonal chairman of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said the interactive session was important so as to bring about enduring peace between the herdsmen and the farmers/host communities.

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Siddiki said: “We are here to feed our cattle and we are not here to harm anybody. This meeting will bring us together so that the farmers will feel at home when they see the cattle breeders.

“The cattle breeders will equally take members of their host communities as their brothers and sisters.”

He described the Fulanis as endangered species owing to their nomadic life since they traverse uncountable localities driven by the passion of growing their cattle.

Also, the AFAN chairman, Sunny Watarali, said the meeting had ushered in better understanding between the two groups.

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Watarali said the main issue was that both herders and farmers needed to respect the culture and traditions of each other in order to ensure peaceful co-existence.

He said that host communities would not accept incidences “where cow mess up the source of community drinking water” while the host communities were also “not expected to kill the cattle at the slightest provocation.

According to the AFAN chairman, “The grey areas have been sorted out. Both parties are to respect each other; respect the culture.”

Meanwhile, had reported that the Emir of Agaie in Niger, Yusuf Nuhu appealed to herdsmen and farmers in the emirate to continue to live in peace for meaningful development of the emirate.

Nuhu made the call at a town hall meeting at IBB School of Preliminary Studies, Agaie, on Tuesday, October 31.

The meeting was convened to bring the herdsmen and farmers together, and‎ to encourage them to live in peace because the country needed them for a viable society.

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