Herdsmen/farmers crisis: New report highlights successes

Herdsmen/farmers crisis: New report highlights successes

- A new report has said that the Nigerian government has managed to halt the conflict between herdsmen and farmers in various communities in Nigeria

- The report said Nigeria would have slid into chaos along religious and ethnic lines over herders and farmers crisis

- According to the report, FG must deploy more security personnel to improve local ties to gather better intelligence and respond speedily to early warnings

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A report by the Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CASJET) has commended the Federal Government and Nigerian army for halting the age-long farmers-herders crisis ravaging parts of Nigeria. 

The report documented how President Muhammadu Buhari and the Nigerian army restored peace to warring communities across the country to end the conflicts between the herders and farmers in Nigeria.

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The centre said that without the Strategic Action Committee inaugurated by the president in 2015, the nation would have ultimately slid into crisis along religious and ethnic lines which would have in turn had a toll on the economy. 

According to the report, from all available indices, no Nigerian community is under occupation by herdsmen even though the herders-farmers conflict has become more significant in recent times. 

However, the report said that the government had in the past taken some measures to address the increasing desertification and the effects of climate change across the nation.

It said this has further increased the drive for the herdsmen to move further south in search of grazing land and pasture for their livestock.

"These southward movements always pitch them against farmers and the host community whose crops are regularly invaded and destroyed by the cattle during this seasonal movement. The result of this is increased conflict, death, displacement and the destruction of properties," the report added.

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Herdsmen/farmers crisis: New report highlights successes
Some cattle grazing in the field. Photo credit: Reuters
Source: UGC

The report urged the FG to deploy more security personnel in "affected areas; ensure they are better equipped; improve local ties to gather better intelligence, and respond speedily to early warnings and distress calls". 

It further called for the freezing of enforcement and reform of state anti-grazing legislation as well as heightened herder-farmer dialogues.

The centre also recommended that the Benue state government freeze -planned enforcement of its law banning open grazing.

It said such provisions should also help herders become ranchers, including by developing pilot or demonstration ranches, and conducting education programs for herders uneasy about making the transition.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, has called on the federal government to equip the Nigerian military with the necessary logistics and equipment to deal with bandits.

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The Sultan said the level of insecurity in Nigeria has grown from bad to worse in a very short time.

According to the Sultan, Nigerian citizens can no longer go about their daily activities across the country without being killed or injured.

However, in a different report, Nigeria's minister of police affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, condemned recent attacks in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state.

The minister sending his sympathy to residents of the affected communities said the banditry will soon come to an end.

He assured the residents of the state that the federal government remains committed to the ongoing security operation in the northwest.

He also said that all the government efforts are aimed at decimating all forms of criminalities in the region to emplace enduring peace, safety and security of lives and property.

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