The Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF) and Miyetti Allah Fulani Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, have commenced discussion on how to end the incessant crises between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the northern region.
The Chairman of the NSGF, Babangida Aliyu of Niger state led the governors to the meeting with Miyetti Allah representatives.
According to a statement by Aliyu’s spokesperson, Danladi Ndayebo, “members of the forum and leaders of the Fulani Cattle breeders Association will fashion out strategies to address the disturbing state of insecurity in the region and proffer practical and enduring solutions”.
“Specifically, Miyetti Allah would work closely with governors to unmask criminals who masquerade as cattle breeders to inflict mayhem on innocent citizens.
“The objective of the parley between Northern Governors and Miyetti Allah is to engender the restoration of the most desired peaceful co-existence, unity and development in the entire region”.
The decision to dialogue with Miyetti Allah was taken at the last meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) during which governors of the 36 states of the federation constituted a panel headed by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State. It is to handle reconciliation, healing, peace and security within the troubled region.
Briefing newsmen after the Thursday meeting, the Chairman of Miyetti Allah in Niger State, Ismaila Ahmed Rebe, lamented the loss of human lives occasioned by incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers and urged governments at both state and federal levels to take immediate steps to set aside dedicated areas of land for pastoral use.
Miyetti Allah said the lack of proper demarcation of grazing fields for herdsmen and the non adoption of a comprehensive pastoral resource development programme were major causes of constant friction between farmers and herdsmen especially in the Northern parts of the country.