Herdsmen, farmers sign peace pact in Niger

Herdsmen, farmers sign peace pact in Niger

- Abdullahi Babayo, the director-general of nomadic affairs agency in Niger state, said herdsmen and farmers have signed peace agreement to stop clashes

- Babayo said the aim of the agreement was to reconcile communities that were affected by farmers/herdsmen crisis in the state

- He, however, urged both farmers and herdsmen against blocking cattle routes and destroying farmlands so as to sustain the peace in the area and guarantee food security

Herdsmen and farmers in Mashegu local government area of Niger state have signed a peace agreement to stop clashes among them.

Abdullahi Babayo, the director-general of nomadic affairs agency in the state, made this known in a statement issued, in Minna, on Wednesday, October 18.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Babayo said the aim of the meeting was to reconcile communities that were affected by farmers/herdsmen crisis in the area.

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He said the meeting was attended by chairman, Mashegu local government, Bala Sai’du, Ardo Adamu, the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Niger, Fulani herdsmen, farmers, district heads and community leaders from the area.

According to him, the meeting was to promote peace among farmers and herdsmen and to appeal to herdsmen to desist from grazing on farmlands to avoid clashes with farmers.

The director-general advised both parties to abide by the agreement and continue to respect the cultures of one another, tradition and means of livelihood.

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He urged them to be law abiding and live in peace irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations.

He said: ''Farmers and herdsmen should adopt alternative dispute resolution mechanism whenever there is a disagreement in order to avert the negative effects of crisis.’’

Babayo also urged the herdsmen to report any suspicious persons to the appropriate authority.

He also advised both farmers and herdsmen against blocking cattle routes and destroying farmlands so as to sustain the peace in the area and guarantee food security.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a socio-cultural organisation raised alarm over an alleged plan by Fulani herdsmen to attack Benue state.

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Source: Naija.ng

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