Following incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in different areas across the country, the federal government said it is strategising to find lasting solution to the menace.
Consequently, the Ministry of Interior, which is supposedly the hub of public peace and national security, yesterday held a one-day strategic stakeholders meeting to fine-tune arrangement of convening a larger conference that will look at problems underlying the herdsmen/farmers conflict in Nigeria, as well as harness institutional memory of past policy interventions.
Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), while addressing the stakeholders in his conference room in Abuja yesterday, stated that the federal government was concerned amongst other challenges, the issues of grave implication to Nigeria’s internal security is the conflict between pastoralists and sedentary farmers.
Danbazau noted that a narrative of the conflict was a critical element of creating good theories for its containment.
He said, “There have been a number of committees and think-tank type investigations into the conflict in the past and it is intention of the ministry of interior to gather these together and note which have been implemented, highlighting the effects and failures of each in order to arrive at narrative and doctrinal certainties.”
The minister hinted that the larger conference would recognise and include the ethnic, religious, geopolitical, civil societies and other actors and factors that directly relate to the conflict, so that a lasting, sustainable and enduring solution to the conflict could be developed.
“It is imperative that the open all-stakeholders meeting which is to hold should be devoid of ethnic, religious or partisan agenda leading to rancour and sentimental difficulties.
“The area in which this conflict mostly happens, the Niger-Benue river basin is one of this country’s geographical blessings. Again, the Niger-Benue basin lies just beneath the Sahel region, with its peculiar geopolitical push and pull conflict factors that have in turn impacted on peace and security of Nigerian people.”
The minister said while the ongoing conflict and this present meeting was centred on Nigeria’s internal security, he believed it might be necessary to also consider the larger West and Central Africa region in arriving at an understanding of the Niger-Benue basin as an arena of conflict because of its rich pasture and water resources where pastoralists converge seasonally to graze their cattle.
General Danbazau acknowledged that the effect of this conflict had been loss of lives, dislocation of people and communities, and the disruption of socio-economic activities.
“Even more importantly, it is a threat to the integrity and peaceful coexistence of the Nigerian state. The rise of the social media and the internet has given scope to non-traditional media outlets which has seen interest groups frame stories surrounding the conflict in ways that have tend to undermine the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“The Ministry of Interior fully appreciates and understands that the most effective approach to conflict resolution, crisis prevention and management is the multidimensional, all-of-government and integrated approach,” Danbazau stated.
The meeting was attended by personnel of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, National Boundary Commission, NBC, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, National Assembly and the Budget and National Planning Office.
Other stakeholders include National Defence College, NDC, Defence Headquarters, DHQ, Ministry of Defence, customs, police, Office of the National Security adviser, ONSA, immigration, NIPPS, as well as Ministries of Water Resources and Agriculture.

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  • Es3

    No be today, Amaechi been don miss him way since!!!

    Now is the time for him to reap the result his excessive pride and foolery!

  • It was Rotimi Amaechi, when he was in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), that told Nigerians that “those who carry brooms are night soil men and juju priests,” but little did he know he was going to downgrade himself one day to that status and turn full circle to return to where he actually belongs–the camp of Night Soil Men–in APC as their road manager—what an insult—– what a shame–what a disgrace.