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National secretary of Miyeti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma has called on the federal government to constitute a reconciliation committee that would end the lingering crisis between Fulani cattle breeders and farmers in the country.
Speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Abuja, Ngelzarma suggested that representatives of the host communities’ leaders of the Fulani cattle breeders, traditional rulers, the local governments, state governments, national leadership of Miyeti Allah and the security agents among others should be included in the committee.
He asserted that the committee should be saddled with the responsibility of finding out the causes of the problems between the farmers and the Fulani cattle breeders and profile solutions that will eventually end the crisis between the two parties.
The Miyeti Allah national secretary explained that some of the crisis between the cattle breeders and the farmers were caused by farmers, while others were triggered by the Fulani cattle breeders’, adding that environmental factor has also contributed greatly in pushing out Fulani cattle breeders into the hinterland as a result of the encroachment of Sahara desert.
According to him, “The causes of the crisis are numerous: lack of understanding between the cattle breeders and farmers, unnecessary suspicions, lack of tolerance, lack of nationalistic behaviour that we used to have, ethnicity, and religion problems and geographical problem”
Othman also called on the federal government to reclaim all the grazing areas in the Northern part of the country which were lost to various factors, adding that government should provide amenities in all the grazing areas, which he said includes water, veterinary clinics, schools for nomadic among others.
He said that if all the aforementioned amenities are provided adequately in the grazing areas, Fulani cattle breeders will have no business in moving from one place to another in search of greener pastures.
The Secretary advised farmers and the host communities where Fulani cattle breeders reside across the country and the cattle breeders themselves to have better understanding of the need to stay together peacefully and as well settle differences that may arise amicably in the future.
On the issue of influx of cattle breeders form the neighbouring countries like Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger Republic, Chad among others, Ngelzarma urged the Federal Government to put in place machinery to stop the influx of these strange Fulani cattle breeders.
He advised the federal government to collaborate with Miyeti Allah in the fight against the influx of such cattle breeders into the country if it must succeed in doing that, adding that it is only Fulani that can distinguish foreign Fulani cattle breeders from the indigenes.

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