FG seeks solution to herdsmen, farmers’ clashes

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The Federal Government has said that it was exploring the implementation of a definitive policy that would involve all stakeholders and security agents to tackle the lingering herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country.

The Minister of Interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, disclosed this in Abuja at the opening of a strategic stakeholders meeting on the pastoralist/sedentary farmer conflict in Nigeria.

Dambazau, who decried the lingering crises along the Niger-Benue river basin axis, warned that the crisis was capable of tearing the corporate existence of Nigeria, if not dealt with decisively.

“The effect of this conflict has been loss of life, dislocation of people and communities, and the disruption of socio- economic activity,

“Even more importantly, it is a threat to the integrity and peaceful co-existence of the Nigerian state. The objective, therefore, is to identify any laws and regulations that impact on the conflict; this will in turn inform the design of a definitive policy intervention,” he said.

Dambazau said that the stakeholders’ meeting was convened by the Ministry of Interior to find a lasting solution to the problem in view of its effect on internal security of the country.

He said that the meeting would look into recommendations of past committee reports on the issue, security investigations and deliberate on new strategy to address the menace.

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