Herdsmen/Farmers Conflicts: Be Creative, Don’t Wish Issues Away, Don Tasks FG

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The Technical committee on Herdsmen/Farmers conflicts in Nigeria, on Wednesday charged the Federal Government to apply creativity towards addressing the recurrent conflict plaquing the country, instead of wishing such sensitive issues away.

Chairman, Technical Committee to the government on the way forward on Herdsmen/Farmers conflicts, Prof Oshita Oshita, gave the charge during a capacity building workshop organized by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, in Calabar.

The programme, which was held at Green Valley hotel, Calabar, brought together major stake holders in peace and conflict resolution to brainstorm on the way towards ensuring a peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.

In his address at the occasion, Oshita idêntified impatience and lack of tolerance for one another, as some of the factors militating against the peaceful coexistence of the affected parties.

Accordingly, while urging the FG to be creative in its approach on the issue at hand, Professor Oshita disclosed that a strong document to guide the government on the way forward was in the offing.

” Things are coming up; all we need is some patience, some level of tolerance from Nigerians on how they relate with one another.

“No problem can be solved just by wishing it away; we must confront it through creative dialogue and tolerance of one another.

“We are putting up very strong document to the government on how to deal with this conflict across the country.

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” When we finalise it, the government will make it public in terms of how it adopts our recommendations; the approach in solving the problem”, he said

In his remarks at the event, Cross River State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade, said the worshop was timely, in view of the devastating effect the recurrent conflicts between Herdsmen and Farmers have always hád on the country’s developmental drive.

Represented by his Special Assistant on Students’ Affairs and Youths Mobilization, Prince Michael Abuo, Ayade noted that Cross River State was the right place to host the event, considering its peaceful ambience.

He recalled how the US envoy to Nigeria recently rated Cross River as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria; urging intending visitors to take advantage of it and maximize her rich potentials.

The two day event attracted stakeholders from Rhema Care, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Nigerian police force, Department of State Security (DSS), Justice Development and Peace Commission, Academics; Civil society networks, and government representatives, among others.