At last, peace has been restored in the troubled Southern part of Kaduna State after a series of violent clashes between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.
The feat was achieved at a roundtable meeting organised on Monday by the 1st Mechanised Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna for Southern Kaduna community leaders and the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Mechanised Division, Nigerian Army, Maj-Gen Adeniyi Oyebade who gave the insight said the parties arrived at amicable settlement leading to long lasting peace in the area.
Briefing journalists after the meeting which was held behind closed doors, Oyebade said stakeholders have agreed for immediate stoppage of violent, carrying illegal arms as well as stopping children from grazing cattle in the area.
According to him, the resolution, stated: “We agreed that, there will be immediate stoppage to all forms of violent activities from all the stakeholders.
“We encourage the setting up of peace and reconciliation committees at the ward, district and the local government level by the Fulani herdsmen, the locals and other critical stakeholders in the various communities, with a focus “to deal with all the local issues that may trigger any form of violent activities”.
“It has also been agreed that children will stop being at the helms of grazing cattle in Kaduna State and in the North West zone, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has made that commitment that they are going to make sure that all children are prevented from shepherding their cattle because it has been identified as one of the areas of conflict because they do not know much about area that they are not supposed to graze their cattle.