Former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd), has described as alarming persistent clashes between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country.
According to him, caution should be exercised in solving the problem in order not to escalate the crisis already created.
The former military leader turned farmer said the crisis required all the hands to be on deck in order to find a solution, especially regarding well meaning individuals in the country.
Speaking when Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, his Kebbi State counterpart, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, visited him at his Maizube Farms in Minna yesterday, Abubakar said the responsibility of solving the problem should not be left in the hands of government alone but should be a joint effort by all Nigerians.
He attributed the escalation of clashes to increasing rate of urbanisation and the attendant reduction in availability of grazing land for livestock which, he added, must be seriously and urgently looked into by government.
“The solution to the persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen requires that all hands should be on deck. This should not be left to the government alone. We have to join hands with government to resolve the crisis.
“The animals need grazing field and water points but the rapid rate of urbanisation has grossly affected this,” the former head of state noted.
He, however, called on government at all levels to provide grazing reserves with adequate water points to stem the face offs, destruction and wanton killing by the warring farmers and herdsmen.
Genera Abubakar advised: “In providing the grazing reserves for these herdsmen, government should endeavour to build schools for the children of the nomadic herdsmen. This is very important.”