A report by the Centre for Social Justice, Fairness and Transparency (CASJET) has hailed the Federal Authorities and Nigerian Military for halting the age-long farmers-herders disaster ravaging components of the nation.
The well-documented report detailed how President Muhammadu Buhari and the Military miraculously restored peace to warring communities to finish the perennial clashes.
Barely a month after being sworn-in, President Buhari, in June 2015, constituted a Strategic Motion Committee to look into herders-farmers disaster and make suggestions that may deal with it.
With out this intervention, the centre reckoned that maybe the nation would have in the end slid into chaos alongside spiritual and ethnic strains which might have in flip had a toll on the economic system.
In accordance with the report, from all accessible indices, no Nigerian neighborhood is underneath occupation by herdsmen although the herders-farmers battle has turn into extra vital in latest instances.
“Though the federal government had prior to now taken some measures to handle this phenomenon, the rising desertification and the consequences of local weather change have additional elevated the drive for the herdsmen to maneuver additional south in quest of grazing land and pasture for his or her livestock,” the report mentioned.
“These southward actions all the time pitch them in opposition to farmers and the host neighborhood whose crops are frequently invaded and destroyed by the cattle throughout this seasonal motion. The results of that is elevated battle, demise, displacement and the destruction of properties. Nonetheless, as a result of the phenomenon is a human safety challenge, there’s a want for a concerted effort at state, nationwide, regional and worldwide ranges to handle the challenges, particularly since there isn’t any particular laws that’s devoted to addressing the peculiar wants of herders and farmers within the nation.”
Amongst others, the report, nevertheless, urged the FG to deploy extra safety personnel in “affected areas; guarantee they’re higher outfitted; enhance native ties to assemble higher intelligence, and reply speedily to early warnings and misery calls”.
It additional referred to as for the freezing of enforcement and reform of state anti-grazing laws in addition to heightened herder-farmer dialogues.
“The Benue state authorities ought to freeze enforcement of its legislation banning open grazing, as Taraba state has already carried out, and amend objectionable provisions therein,” the report really useful.
“It must also assist herders turn into ranchers, together with by growing pilot or demonstration ranches, and conducting education schemes for herders uneasy about making the transition.”