The House of Representatives has constituted an adhoc committee to investigate the incessant killings in parts of the country as part of measures to ensure peaceful coexistence among citizens.
The Seven-man Committee is to critically and objectively analyze the immediate and remote causes of the killings as well as to provide workable and implementable solutions to end the unfortunate incidences.
Briefing the National Assembly Correspondents on the matter, the Chairman of the adhoc Committee, Mr. Pally Iraise said the House would among others visit the affected areas; interact with relevant stakeholders and interest groups to arrive at acceptable position.
He said “In achieving this, the seven man committee has mapped out certain procedures to carry out this task, which includes visitation and interaction with victims across the country, interaction with security chiefs, foreign partners as well as conducting public hearing to afford interested Nigerians the opportunity to proffer solutions.”
While commending the efforts being made to arrest the situation, Mr. Iraise said the House will continue to give priority to peace in the country as panacea for achieving development.
“There were efforts in the past but the efforts are not giving us the desired result. We are changing our approach and we will surely succeed.
The efforts and approaches by other organs and agencies of government to tackle the menace, yet the efforts are being impacted by political and ethno- religious distrust.
At certain quotas, the narratives are tended towards ascribing all killings to a single cause, thereby jettisoning the need to rigorously interrogate their happenings with an open, unbiased and nonpartisan mind.” Iraise stressed.
Loans for herders
The House in the plenary also urged government to consider a soft or subsidized loan scheme for herders to own lands for their animals.
This was contained in motion unanimously adopted on the need to educate and encourage herdsmen on the benefit of ranching instead of the proposed cattle colonies in every state.
Sponsor of the motion, Mr. Ogoshi Onawo from Nasarawa State explained that the incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers have presented serious security challenges in Nigeria as most of those clashes emanated from the practice of herdsmen roaming in the wild across the length and breadth of the country in search of grazing pastures for their cattle and as a result, trespassing into, and damaging crops in farms.
He said “The grazing practice of the herdsmen is not only exposing them to danger as they fall prey to cattle rustlers and kidnappers, but also results in conflicts with farmers whose crops are trampled upon by the cattle.”
The lawmakers who observed that cattle’s rearing is not an exclusive reserve of the Fulanis as other tribes also engage in the business also expressed determination to provide a lasting solution to the incessant conflicts between herdsmen and farm owners, through modern breeding practices.