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Saturday, 20 January 2018

Ex-ambassador Hagher makes revelations about herdsmen-farmers' clash

Ex-ambassador Hagher makes revelations about herdsmen-farmers' clash

Ex- Nigeria’s envoy to Canada and Mexico Iyorwuese Hagher made some revelations about communal crisis between farmers and herdsman in some parts of the country. the arms being used by the attackers were from the Nigerian armoury.

- Former Nigeria’s envoy to Canada and Mexico Iyorwuese Hagher has spoken on the recent attacks in some parts of Nigeria

- Hagher said the communal crisis between farmers and herdsman within the middle belt has been subsisting for decades now

- He, however, said the attacks in the country came up because of the struggle for cattle rearing

Former Nigeria’s envoy to Canada and Mexico Iyorwuese Hagher, on Saturday, January 20, made some revelations about communal crisis between farmers and herdsman in some parts of the country.

Hagher declared that the arms being used by the attackers were coming from the Nigerian armoury.

In a interview with Daily Sun, the former envoy also said that having studied the situation so far, he was alarmed to discover that politicians are the grand patrons of the herdsmen.

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He said: ''I am a scholar, a professor of development theatre, in my intellectual career it is my responsibility to study communities and phenomena and I have over the years made it a point of duty to deal with issues like crises within the communities and I have been involved in observing the phenomena of ethnic crisis, communal crisis, farmers’ crisis, within the middle belt which has been subsisting for decades now.

''I have been a peacemaker, a peace builder, I am a total pacifist; I hate violence in any form including verbal violence. So, in observing the trend of the crisis between herdsmen and farmers within the middle-belt area from 2013; I was alarmed when I noticed that in 2015 there was a sudden jump in escalation of the incident that increased since President Buhari took over in 2015, I noticed that this escalation was based on a systematic process where it was not just all Fulani herdsmen and the farmers.

''There was now a new dimension to the crisis, the new entry was commando-style execution, gruesome murders of the farmers, the barbarity which showed that there was a disturbing trend towards the genocide that was now the possibility and the reality.

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''As there was increased violence because much more than the usual struggle of the incident of cows being killed and therefore the grazers come in respect of the killing of their cows or that a cattle has been rustled and then they come pursuing revenge over the loss of cattle.

''There was an upsurge in attacks in which the target communities in Southern Adamawa, Benue, Kogi, Nasarawa, Plateau, Southern Kaduna and Taraba states was where I found the phenomena that was really disturbing.''

Meanwhile, We had reported that The national chairman of a Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal, Alhaji Bello Abdullahi Bodejo claimed that herdsmen did not launch attack on Benue communities, saying any herder carrying AK47 rifle is not a Fulani man.

Bodejo made the claim on Thursday, January 17, in Kano while briefing the media on the crisis shortly after he returned from Mecca.

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