President Muhammad Bukhari said that desertification is the cause of clashes between shepherds and farmers in the country.
Bukhari said this on Friday at the State House, Abuja, when he received members of the Executive Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) headed by its president Rasak Jayola.
“It’s very clear to all of us that climate change and environmental problems are serious threats to the peace and prosperity of our nation and its citizens,” said Bukhari.
“In the Niger-Delta region, anthropogenic environmental problems have negatively affected the livelihoods of residents.
“Farmers and fishermen, in particular, have seen their livelihood destroyed.
“Our estimates have shown that it will take decades to reverse this damage. But we started.
“With or without international cooperation, we are starting to clean up our degraded areas, starting with Ogoni.
“In the North-Central region, we also observe a significant increase in the clashes of the herders of farmers.
"This trend, which is repeated in many countries of West and Central Africa, is the result of desertification."