‘How Nigerian govt intends to tackle farmers/herdsmen clashes’

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A high-powered panel is to be constituted under the office of the Nigeria’s vice president, Yemi Osinbajo, to proffer solutions with regards to the longstanding clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country.

To this end, Mr Osinbajo has held talks and consultations with opinion leaders towards ending incessant clashes.

The Vice President hosted some traditional rulers with emirs of Adamawa and Kano, as well as an elder statesman, Ahmed Joda at the State House in Abuja.

Last week, Mr Osinbajo was in Adamawa to condole with the victims of the latest attack on one of the warring factions.

One of the attendees of the meeting, Aliyu Tilde told BBC Hausa on Tuesday that further meetings are to be held with other interest groups.

“The discussion touched clashes in Numan, Kajuru and other latest incidences. Our leaders told the Vice president the truth about the problems facing the hersdmen, which border about failure of respect rules and regulation,” Mr Tilde said.

At the meeting, previous reports on the conflict were presented by the delegation and causes of the conflicts were analysed.

The meeting condemned the acts of violence that had occurred, especially the killing of children and women.

It also highlighted the need for Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies to dutifully and objectively perform their constitutional roles.

He said the vice president had assured the delegation of the Federal Government’s resolve and commitment to the entrenchment of lasting peace in all communities across the country and the resolution of all legitimate grievances.

“There is nothing much more important now, in showing our leadership beyond preventing tragedy and destruction of everything we have built as a nation.

The entire Nigeria enterprise is bigger than other interests. The overall objective is ensuring that our nation is not enveloped by another crisis,” Mr Osinbajo was quoted as saying.

According to the vice president, “We now have an opportunity to do something. We have the opportunity to resolve the issues and to build a nation where we and our children can live in peace.”

Following the vice president’s visit to Adamawa, several food items and relief materials had been distributed to all the affected communities in the state, including Shafaron, Kodomti, Tullum, Mzoruwe and Mararraban Bare in Numan Local Government Area.