Tuesday, 8 November 2016

FG Raises Peace Panel on Herdsmen/Farmers Clash

The Federal Government has set up a technical committee to find solutions to the reoccurring clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country.



The committee has two weeks to carry out its assignment.

Minister of Interior Gen. Abdulraham Dambazau (rtd), who inaugurated the committee in Abuja, said it was raised to fashion out ways to address “this conflict that is fast becoming a clog in our efforts toward achieving a harmonious relationship among the citizenry as well as to our economic development moves.”

The committee, headed by the Director-General of the Institute of Peace, Conflict and Resolution, Prof. Osita Osita, is expected to: “identify the problems underling the conflict from regional and national perspective, have an overview of past police investigations, including those that have been implemented, and to highlight the successes and challenges of each.”

Other duties of the committee include: “Situate the Niger-Benue generally and Nigeria in particular as areas of conflict between pastoralists and sedentary farmers; identify regional and local laws and regulations that impact on the conflict and lastly, outline tentative strategies to deal with the conflict vis-a-vis the methodology for open stakeholders forum.”

Prof. Osita, who expressed the readiness to work, said peace in Nigeria is not negotiable “because it is in the atmosphere of peace that government can deliver the dividends of democracy.”

He promised that his committee will do everything possible to help achieve the expected peace.

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