Thursday, 24 March 2016

FG to host peace talks between Farmers and Fulani herdsmen

According to The federal government to address the constant clashes between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the country.

According to a statement by Osaigbove Ehisienmen, the press secretary to the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, yesterday, March 23, the government will organise a town hall meeting between both groups.

Ehisienmen statement stated that the dialogue would involve stakeholders from various umbrella associations of herders, farmers, state governments and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

Also billed to attend are the civil society groups, journalists, government agencies, professional bodies and humanitarian institutions.

The statement further revealed that the proposed dialogue would provide opportunities for various stakeholders to share views and provide honest answers
to the various questions that might arise during their deliberations Part of the statement read:

"Following the disturbing trend of avoidable clashes between herdsmen and farmers in some parts of the country, the Federal Government is finalising plans to call for a town hall dialogue.

"The dialogue will involve critical stakeholders at a date to be announced."

The government latest step is not unconnected to the strings of attack on innocent citizens by Fulani herdsmen.

In a related development, former Senate president, Senator David Mark, has urged the people of Benue state to refrain from any form of reprisal attack on herdsmen
in any part of Benue south district to prevent an escalation of the crisis between Fulani herdsmen and Agatu farmers.

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