Federal government assures Nigerians of finding lasting solution to farmers-herdsmen crisis

Federal government assures Nigerians of finding lasting solution to farmers-herdsmen crisis

- Nigerians living in the Netherlands have urged the Nigerian government to end the killings in some parts of the country

- They also urged Nigerians to play their roles in bringing an end to violence in the country

- The federal government says it is committed to ending the clashes between herdsmen and farmers

The federal government on Monday, July 16, reiterated its commitment to end the killings arising from clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

According to the federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to finding a lasting solution to the frequent clashes between herders and farmers, Vanguard reports.

NAIJ.com gathers that President Buhari has been told by Nigerians in the Netherlands to do everything within his power to put an end to the killings of Nigerians by armed herdsmen in some parts of the country.

Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO), Julius Nnamdi Nwankpa, also called on Nigerians “to play their roles in breaking the cycle of violence, which usually has no winner.”

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While speaking in an interactive session with Nigerian postgraduate students of one of the world's top agricultural research institutions, Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR), Netherlands, minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh, said government was working towards ending the killings.

Ogbeh said: ‘‘We congratulate you on coming here to pursue your studies, and we expect that when you get back, you’ll find a different situation in the country because we will need some of you to manage the ranches.

‘‘When you do return, it’s people like you whom we hope we can organise to manage the ranches. There will be water, there will be fodder, and there will be electricity and some accommodation for the herdsmen.

‘‘Believe me, after six months, when the herdsmen realise that this new life is better than roaming through the bush, you will have to force him to leave that place. It’s going to be slow, it’s going to be a bit expensive but we must end the crisis. We have to stop it because the crisis is unnecessary. The killings are undesirable.”

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Saturday, June 23, killings in Plateau state in which over 100 innocent villagers were killed by suspected herdsmen, was condemned by the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF).

PANDEF condemned the killings in a statement made available to newsmen in Warri, Delta state, by its national secretary, Dr Alfred Mulade.

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