Presidency begins national consultation on farmers-herders conflicts

From Left: Alhaji Ahmed Joda; Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Mustapha Barkindo; Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II during a meeting of the Vice President with Traditional Rulers and other Community Leaders on the Numan Crisis at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Monday (11/12/17) 06718/11/12/2017/Callistus Ewelike/NAN

Following his visit to Adamawa State on December 5 in the wake of the communal clashes in the area, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday commenced a series of national consultations with relevant groups designed to find a lasting solution to the farmers-herders conflict in parts of the country.

Monday’s meeting, the first in the series, held at the Presidential Villa and had in attendance the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi; the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo; elder statesman, Ahmed Joda; and other leaders of the Fulani communities.

A statement by Mr. Osinbajo’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said subsequent meetings would focus on other interest groups.

Mr. Akande said at the meeting, previous reports on the conflict were presented by the delegation and causes of the conflict were analysed.

“The meeting unequivocally condemned the acts of violence that has occured, especially the killing of children and women and highlighted the need for Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies to dutifully and objectively perform their Constitutional roles,” he said.

He also said the Vice President assured the delegation of the federal government’s resolve and commitment to the entrenchment of lasting peace in all communities across the country and the resolution of all legitimate grievances.

“There is nothing much more important now in showing our leadership beyond preventing tragedy and destruction of everything we have built as a nation. The entire Nigeria enterprise is bigger than other interests. The overall objective is ensuring that our nation is not enveloped by another crisis.”

According to the vice president, “We now have an opportunity to do something. We have the opportunity to resolve the issues and to build a nation, where we and our children can live in peace.”

Already, following the vice president’s visit to Adamawa State last week, several food items and relief materials have been distributed to all the affected communities in the state including Shafaron, Kodomti, Tullum, Mzoruwe and Mararraban Bare in Numan Local Government Area. Others communities that have received relief materials are Dong, Lawaru and Kukumso in Demsa Local Government Area of the State.

In the next series of meetings, Mr. Osinbajo will meet with the Batta, Bachama and other groups from Adamawa State; while meetings with other important personalities and groups from other conflict-affected states would follow.


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  • Mentus

    Food distribution in the affected areas is like sticking plaster to a festering wound. The people Osinbanjo is talking with are the instigator sof the attacks. Why was a Sanusi not called order when he made his hate speech about Fulanis patience not to being mistaken for weakness and that they will retaliate. They have done exactly as he insinuated.
    If Osinbanjo really means business, let them disarm all Fulani herdsmen or else legalise gun ownership so villagers can defend themselves.
    Buhari was able to show off his farm and cattle in his Duara village, does he not care that several villagers have their own farms trampled by his cows and their crops eaten up.
    Instead of recognising Fulani terrorists for what they are, this administration chooses to refer their evil actions as clashes with farmers. What is happening is more than clashes, The so called herdsmen are murderers, rapists, arsonists and cowards who take these vulnerable unarmed villagers unaware. they and their sponsors should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Olori Magege

    What is there to consult on? How many lives have been lost to the Fulani herdsmen? Is it now that the Fulanis are getting a dose of what they have been giving to others that there will be consultation? Too late indeed

    • Abubakar Bello

      Good.Let the Game Continue then.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Stop trolling.

        An eye for an eye will only leave everyone blind.

  • Gary

    Oga VP welcome. Almost Three years after Agatu, Enugu and numerous incidents of bloody mayhem by marauding Fulani herdsmen across the country, it is now the Buhari regime pushes you forward to begin “consultations” about stopping the violence? With hundreds dead in Kaduna, Benue Plateau and Taraba States? And it is purely coincidental that this move has nothing to do with Buhari running for re-election in 2019 and is coming after the Mambilla and the Middle Belters have begun to fight back and defend their lives and land from the invaders?
    A wise man once said that you can fo*l some of the people all the time and all the people sometimes but you cannot fo*l all the people all the time. A majority of the Nigerian people now know better


    If the Fulani cannot adapt to cattle ranching then not a square foot of land will be given to them for their business. The northern governors should train them to do modern ranching and help them through loans to start.

  • shakara123

    Now that the race for 2019 is on, this so called effort is being addressed because middle belt votes are in play and every vote will count in the coming election.
    PMB thought he would cruise effortlessly to a second term but it is increasingly dawning on him that his inaction’s in addressing this conflict will cost him votes in the affected regions. MIDDLE BELT LIVES MATTER!!!!

    • Abubakar Bello

      Bross, Forget election matter either way: PDP and APC Fulanis will have their ways, even the PDP its either Atiku or Lamido.The fact remains if Fulanis are killed nobody cares until they retaliate! And then all Media will be filled with the News of Fulani this as that.The Fulani’s may not be food in propaganda like the Yoruba’s, but defending themselves is an area I think they are excellently doing well.

      The message is clear: Whoever messed up with them ,should be ready to bear the Consequences!!!

      • Adeyi

        You may be making a point in saying the Fulani’s aren’t good enough in (or equipped to) defend themselves via mass media, but to say they are doing excellently well in defending themselves and ‘praising’ them for this, implies that you are not sensitive to lives lost during the festering crises. Lives have been lost, and this is the focus, and it is avoidable.

  • aiyekotto

    In terms of average yield per lactating period, Isreal (whose landscape and weather is similar to that of Norhtern Nigeria) is number one in the world, producing 12,000 litres per cow.
    Nigeria, with all the destruction and mystery associated with nomadic farming, has an average yield per lactation of about 2,000 litres.
    Ekiti and Benue have shown the way to go regarding anti-grazing laws.
    And BDW, David Mark and Bukola Saraki are from the middle belt… our leaders are very intelligent!

  • Timothy

    They say ‘Better late than Never’. This should have happened long before now when farmers were being killed not when Herders are being killed.