A coalition of pastoralist associations led by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) met Monday in Abuja on how to work in harmony with the government to address challenges facing pastoralists in Nigeria.
Attending the meeting were two former governors, Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Umar Ganduje of Kano State.
There has been a plethora of ideas and policies both at the state and federal level, regarding how to reduce reoccurring conflict between farmers and herders in the country.
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On the agenda made available to journalists, the meeting was to discuss the way forward and ensure a peaceful coexistence with host communities.
In his welcome remarks, the former Bauchi governor raised concerns about recent developments where herdsmen carried AK-47 rifles to defend themselves and some who have also deviated into using such weapons for criminal offenses.
He also alluded to how cattle routes and grazing areas had been taken over as a result of growing population and blamed the government for their alleged inaction.