- The minister of information has said that there is no religious undertone to the crisis between herders and farmers in Nigeria
- Lai Mohammed also said the crisis cannot be attributed to differences in ethnicity
- According to the minister, crisis between the two group is caused by the demographic, environmental, social and economic dynamics of Nigeria
The federal government has debunked claims that the ongoing crisis between farmers and herders in various states across Nigeria is religiously motivated.
The government said the crisis has nothing to do with religion or ethnicity.
Speaking in Thursday, May 17, at a town hall meeting between stakeholders, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed, said crisis between the two group is caused by the demographic, environmental, social and economic dynamics of Nigeria.
Mohammed also blamed some elements of criminality in the continued crisis and the incidence of years of neglect and recommendations for grazing reserves.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier did an analysis of the facts surrounding the crisis between the herders and the farmers across the country.
The facts most Nigerians did not know about the persistent crisis include: context of other ethnic conflicts, attributed to actors primarily divided along fault lines of cultural, ethnic, or religious communities and identities, dispute over lands between herders and farmers.
Others are: cattle rustling, farmland grazing, climate change, desertification and soil degradation, breakdown of law and order, insecurity and violence among many others.
Meanwhile, the federal government has stated that there is not enough military manpower available to be deployed to secure every village in the Middle Belt in order to stop incessant killings in the region, occasioned by the clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
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