Stakeholders in Kaduna State have appealed to the Federal Government to take more proactive measures to permanently address the farmers/herders clashes in parts of the country.
The stakeholders’ appeal was issued in a communique on Monday after a one-day farmers/herders dialogue for peace at the King Abdulah Bin Abdullazeez International Centre for inter -religious and cultural dialogue in Kaduna.
The conference, organised in collaboration with Interfaith Mediation Forum for Peace, noted that the inclusiveness and peaceful coexistence enjoyed by all in years past had been eroded and replaced with mistrust, suspicion and hate for one other.
The stakeholders noted with concern the manner that the Federal Government had handled the crises, saying it had fallen short of expectations of Nigerians.
Participants at the conference were drawn from Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Interfaith Mediation Centre.
Others are Jamaátu Nasir Islam (JNI), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Women Interfaith Council (WIC), and traditional rulers from some areas affected by the crises.
The stakeholders said trivial issues that could be amicably resolved had assumed ethnic and religious colorations, thereby undermining the unity of the country.
The participants appealed to all tiers of government to involve major stakeholders proffering solution to the crises.