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Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Osinbajo reveals how Buhari's government will end herdsmen/farmer clashes

Osinbajo reveals how Buhari's government will end herdsmen/farmer clashes

We'll end herdsmen/farmers' clashes soon - Osinbajo

The Nigerian Presidency on Tuesday, January 30, expressed confidence that the Buhari-led administration will end the herdsmen/farmers clashes and the violence associated with it, which predated the administration.

- Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has revealed how federal government would end herdsmen/farmers' clashes in Nigeria

- Herdsmen/farmers' clashes have claimed some lives in Benue and Taraba states

- He urged the people of the affected communities to embrace peace and not to seek revenge

The Nation reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, gave the assurance while receiving a delegation led by the traditional rulers of Batta and Bachamma communities in Adamawa state: HRM Hama Batta, Homun Alhamdu Teneke (JP); and HRM Hama Bachamma, Homun Honest Irmiya Stephen (JP) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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We gathered that in a statement by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is determined to resolve the herdsmen-farmers clashes in Adamawa state and return peace and order to the affected communities.

“Much damage has been done, not just security-wise, but to the psyche of the people; due to the series of attacks, people are afraid. We are also looking at repairing the damage that has been done to the infrastructure of the communities and rehabilitate the people.” he said

It would be recalled that following his visit to affected communities in Adamawa state on December 5, last year, the Vice President had commenced a series of national consultations with all relevant groups designed to find a lasting solution to the farmers-herders conflict in parts of the country.

In the first of the series, Osinbajo had a meeting on December 7, last year with the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa; elder statesman, Mallam Ahmed Joda; and other leaders of the Fulani communities.

On the issue of proffering permanent solution to the crisis, Osinbajo further said the report provided by the National Animal Production Research Institute ( NAPRI ), Zaria, would be considered.

Speaking further, Osinbajo admonished the people of the affected communities to embrace peace and not to seek revenge. He emphasised that it was important to disarm anyone caught with arms and weapons as it was, by law, an offence for anyone to carry unlicensed firearms.

In his remarks, the Hama Batta thanked the Vice President for the invitation and his visit to the affected communities late last year.

He said: “We came to thank you for your visit (to Numan communities). You made promises of relief materials when you visited, and the relief materials were brought. Also, the Special Forces that you promised responded on time. There is also now a police command with a Commissioner of Police.”

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Also speaking, the Hama Bachamma echoed the words of the Hama Batta, and thanked the Presidency for its efforts so far in tackling the issue.

Meanwhile, We had previously reported that the Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Tuesday, January 30, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the minister of defence, Brig. Gen Monsur Dan Alli (retd) over what it described as his perceived insensitivity and not sanctioning killing of Nigerians by herdsmen.

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