- The presidency welcomed the report of British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on herder-farmer clashes
- Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said Nigeria has to engage with various stakeholders to ensure the age-old conflict is completely resolved
- Shehu said FG's National Livestock Transformation Plan will address the crisis in such a way that both farmers and herdsmen will not be adversely affected
The presidency has reacted to the recent report of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, specifically the United Kingdom’s new focus on herder-farmer clashes in Nigeria.
According to a statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the presidency welcomes the report as engagement with various stakeholders is key to resolving ‘this age-old conflict’, Channels TV reports.
The statement reads: “As the report sets out, there are many causes to this conflict, from competition over land to climate change.
“The National Livestock Transformation Plan sets out to deal with these by preventing open grazing of cattle and consequently the destruction of crops.”
Shehu noted that the federal government's initiative guarantees for farmers their yield and livelihoods.
He added that herders also stand to benefit as all livestock produce more meat and milk in a ranch rather than being always on the move.
“These plans do not come at one or another’s expense. Instead, they shall make both farmers and herders richer.
“We must learn to live together because there isn’t another way. Our diversity should never be a cause for conflict, but a source of strength from which the nation can draw,” the statement said.
It added: “The report also highlighted the threat from Boko Haram in their mission to establish an “Islamic state” in place of the secular state.
“Where the group once administered territory, they now hold on to none. In those fringe areas and spaces where they still pose a threat, they are being chased, their bases smashed.
“In this second term, we shall focus on extinguishing the final remnants of the group.
“As President Buhari reasserted at Easter: “[I will] do all it takes to… confront these security challenges [and] not allow merchants of death and evil to overwhelm the nation.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) facilitated a dialogue aimed at mitigating herdsmen/farmers crisis in the middle-belt region of Nigeria.
Lucky Musonda, head of communication, UN Development Programme (UNDP), in a statement in Abuja, said that the dialogue held in Abuja was the first in a series of consultations for the implementation of UNTFHS programme.
The UNTFHS programme is a three-year project being implemented by UNDP, UN High Commissioner for Refugees and Food and Agriculture Organisation in partnership with Benue and Nasarawa state governments.
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