- Law scholars in the north and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria have spoken on the spate of killings in many parts of Nigeria
- They declared that the killings can only end through political action and not the present fancy of enacting anti-grazing laws
- The special assistant to President Buhari, A. K. Usman, said it is sad that the crises have taken a new dimension since the introduction of grazing law in those affected states
Some law scholars in the north and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria said the spate of killing by suspected herdsmen could only end through political action and not the present fancy of enacting anti-grazing laws.
Daily Sun reports that the scholars made this known at the conference organized by the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with the theme “Promoting Peace, Security and Human Rights; Curbing Unsavory relationship between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.”
One of the speakers and special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, A. K. Usman, in his presentation, observed that present conflict would have been averted if there was a law enacted to regulate the operations of nomads without necessarily looking at the socio-cultural and religious identity of the Fulani herdsmen.
Usman said: “It sad that today the crises has taken a new dimension since the introduction of grazing law in some states, forgetting that fact the Fulani are not the only nomads, there are many other tribes in Nigeria that engage in cattle rearing business.
“There is nothing wrong with the enactment of law on grazing but how the law is made and its intension determine what to do and how the nomads and farmers would live peacefully with one another.
“To my understanding, there is no way people should live without law, otherwise anarchy will take over. There is no way government would allow innocent lives to be lost unnecessarily.
“I believe the crisis requires legal solution, there is need to look into our laws with focus on land, and find alternative ways of ensuring peace between nomads, farmers and the people.“
Special adviser on legal and constitutional matters to the president of the Senate, Nuhu Jamo, argued that the entire crisis including the menace of killer herdsmen has been economically motivated from the onset.
“I am a Fulani man, and I know how a Fulani man reacts when it comes to his wealth. The Fulani entirely depend on cattle and as such they resist anything that touches their life.
“I strongly believe that political and economic instrument can lead to lasting solution more than legal instrument especially as the conflict has taken political and religious dimension,” Jamo said.
“Herdsmen crisis was like Zango Kataff massacre, Yalwan Shedam, Tafawa Balewa, Jos-Bukuru/Takum-Wukari-Ibi theatres and Benue spate of crises’’.
The chief of Army staff, lieutenant general Tukur Burata, who was represented by major general Victor Okwudili Ezugwu, identified the herdsmen conflict as a global phenomena that mostly affects the Africa sub-region and has been one of the major factors responsible for the economic down turn of many countries.
Buratai said the crisis has effected the socio-economic situation of the country, especially in the area of proliferations of arms, escalation of the conflict into religious and political crises, reduction in farmers output, leading to increase in the prices of foodstuff and displacement of farmers and herdsmen, among others.
The national secretary of Miyetti Allah, Malam Baba Othman Ngelzama, who presented the position of the group lamented over the frequent castigation of Fulani nomads for killings of innocent Nigerians, which he characterized as a conflict generated to achieve political goals.
Ngelzama said: “It estimated that more than 250 cattle move to southern Nigeria daily with 200 cattle being consumed in Lagos everyday.
” It is sad that today, the same herdsmen are called terrorists or criminals by some selfish ethnic chauvinists. This is the fundamental factor that triggered off the ongoing conflict between farmers and herdsmen.”
In his contribution, the Kaduna state chairman, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Alhaji Nuhu Aminu, said that farmers/nomads conflict could be solved if government really wanted it solved.
Aminu said: “We have already had series of meetings over this issue and recommended what should be done but yet most of our recommendations have not been implemented.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the general overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, assured Nigerians that the persistent killings of innocent Nigerians across the country will soon come to an end.
Adeboye gave the assurance during the Holy Communion service of the church at its 66th annual convention, which ended on Sunday, August 12.
He said: “My daddy will silence all violent situations in the country.” The cleric also urged the congregation to use the dominion they received during the programme to work for all-round peace for Nigeria and generations unborn. 1,603 pastors and 50 honourary elders were also ordained during the convention.
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