The Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation has organised a two-day round table talks on herdsmen/farmers conflicts with a view to finding workable solutions to the crisis.
The meeting which was held in Kaduna, involved stakeholders from Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Kaduna and Zamfara states respectively.
The Managing Director of the foundation, Alhaji Shettima Aji said the concept was to find solutions so that the North and Nigeria as a whole can move forward.
“It is clear that no social or economic development will consolidate under existing insecurity in the region; there are a lot of efforts that must be acknowledged in finding solutions to the problem.”
He explained that the meeting, spread over two days, was to give ample opportunity to all stakeholders to express their concerns, make suggestions and agree on solutions.
“The country has been having problems so we felt we have to chip in, because the problems are getting out of hand”, he stressed.
“We will advise those in position to implement them so that we can have better North with peace and security in the Country and also can address the issue of development, saying, at the end of the meeting we are going to gather ideas useful for implementation as solutions”.
“We are going to follow it up to ensure that the government gets that determination and the courage to tackle the issue as they are suppose to do”, the Managing Director added.
The National Women Leader of Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Hajiya Khadija Aridido said justice must be done to all sides to stop the recurring conflicts.
She stressed that the herdsmen main problem is the blockage of cattle routes, adding that, “if cattle routes are carved out for the rearers, I believe there is going to be a solution to the problems.”
Mr Anthony Sani, member Advisory Council of the foundation said the meeting would focus on addressing peace and security in the North and how it affects the region’s development.
Sani attributed some of the conflicts in the region to misunderstanding and mistrust generated by ignorance.
He emphasised that ethnic nationalism and religious bigotry would not solve the region’s problems, rather it is for Nigerians to accommodate each other and appreciate their differences and also coexist peacefully.