Nasarawa people are looking
up to President Muhammadu
Buhari’s visit on Tuesday as
a panacea to herdsmen and
farmers crisis in the area.
Some residents in Nasarawa
state have opined that the visit
will play a key role in ending
clashes.
Mr Samuel Akala, Special
Adviser to Gov. Umaru Al-
Makura on Youths, Students
and Non-Governmental
Organisation (NGOs), said
the mere presence of Buhari
and dialogue with relevant
stakeholders will douse tension
and pave way for peace to return
between farmers and herdsmen.
“Though the visit is not
because of the crisis but I think
the visit will bring some lasting
solutions if the president steps
his feet in Nasarawa.
He is aware of what is going
on and has taken several steps
to mitigate the situation. So I
don’t think his visit will spoil the
mood.
“I and some other officials
visited some Internal Displaced
Persons camps in the state
recently and I can tell you
that during our interface with
some in the camps, they told
us that they are also aware of
the president’s visit and remain
optimistic that his visit will bring
concrete solutions, ” He said.
Alhaji Abubakar Sandaji, a
prominent businessman and
educationist in Lafia, agreed that
the president’s visit would help
to resolve the crisis between
farmers and herdsmen.
He added that the outcome
of the visit would spill over
to Benue and encourage both
parties there to resolve their
differences.
“At one point, exhibiting the
qualities of a true leader, he
may make a statement that will
lean towards both parties living
peacefully together.
“That alone will have a huge
positive impact. But even at
that, there is no any fear of apprehension in Nasarawa
because everything right now is
fine and calm,” He said.
Mr Boniface Ifer, President of
Tiv Development Association
(TIDA), Nasarawa state chapter,
said the expectation of Tiv people
in the state is for the President to
at least address the crisis with
the hope of reaching reconciling
the feuding people.
“That is what we hope for. If he
comes, we want him to address
the issue so that once again we
will experience peace. We have
strong faith that he will do that.
A mere statement from him will
go a long way to pacify both
parties,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini,
Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle
Breeders Association
of Nigeria (MACBAN),
Nasarawa state chapter,
also expressed optimism
that despite the fact the
visit of the president is
not related to the crisis,
he will proffer solutions
to end the crisis.
“President Buhari is a
peace loving person. So
even though he is here to
commission projects, we
have no doubt he would
make an effort to see that
both herders and farmers
resolve their differences.
Buhari is an
ambassador of peace,”
he said.

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