The Northern States Governors’ Forum at the weekend held a meeting with the national leadership and state chapters of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
This was part of efforts to find lasting solutions to the continued clashes between herders and farmers across the federation. “Daily Post reports.
The meeting, which held in Sokoto, had in attendance NSGF chairman and Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima, host Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and their counterparts from Kano (Abdullahi Ganduje), and Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai.
Though no formal communique was issued at the end of the meeting, the gathering discussed genesis of the crisis, efforts to contain it and how to entrench permanent solution.
In his opening remarks, Governor Shettima said the 19 northern states were worries by the rising cases of insecurity involving herders and farmers, and expressed optimism that their intervention will help in finding lasting solution to the conflicts.
He said they were intervening in order to complement efforts of the federal government, and said they hope to adopt local-conflict resolution mechanism to bring back trust and understanding among all the people of the region.
“We have seen enough crisis in the North East with Boko Haram. We cannot afford to let and other conflict linger without a solution.
“We hope to hear from all sides and finally come up with a workable pain that will restore confidence and entrench lasing peace in our region,” he also said.
Revealing the position of MACBAN, a source at the meeting said: “The leadership of Miyetti Allah, led by the National President, Muhammadu Kirowa, told the meeting that the approach to conflict resolution adopted by political leaders in some states is not helpful in finding lasting peace.
“In his views, political leaders, especially Governors, should approach issues of peace in neutral perspective, not as biased party.”
“He said their members have in many of these conflict-prone communities for centuries without conflict, but wondered why is the situation getting out of hand now,” the source added.
A new round of discussion is expected to take place in Abuja, Jos, Makurdi and Kaduna in the coming weeks.