The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has blamed the herdsmen/farmers conflict on the scarcity of resources for grazing.
According to the minister, as a result, it is important for farmers and herders to adopt ranching and technology.
Mr Mohammed stated this during the 2018 World Congress of the International Press Institute (IPI) in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Thursday.
He said, “This is an issue of resources getting more and more scarce. There is less water, there is less grass.”
“The farmers would not have the kind of land they used to have before so they have to adopt the best practises in Agriculture and modern technology.
“On the part of the herders, they must also adopt modern technology such as ranching. These issues are also cultural, as the economic and cultural. You need to persuade the average herdsmen to go to a ranch.”
The minister believes that cattle who are confined to ranches are even more productive than those that migrate. But not many herders think that way.
“For a simple reason, in his (a herdsman) own words, ‘it is not so much about how fat your cow is but how many they are’. A man with 100 herds of cattle is superior in his own mind with a person with 50.
“But it has been proven that a cow on a ranch produces about 10 litres of milk a day while migrating cattle produces about a litre a day.”
Barely a week after the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo visited Adamawa State following the communal clashes in the area, the Federal Government has begun consultations on finding a lasting solution to the face-off between farmers and herdsmen across the country.
The first meeting which was hosted by the Vice President at State House on Monday had in attendance the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa, elder statesman Mallam Ahmed Joda and other leaders of the Fulani communities.
At the meeting, previous reports on the conflict were presented by the delegation and causes of the conflict were analysed.
The meeting unequivocally condemned the acts of violence that have occurred, especially the killing of children and women and highlighted the need for Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies to dutifully and objectively perform their Constitutional roles.
Osinbajo assured the delegation of the Federal Government’s resolve and commitment to the entrenchment of lasting peace in all communities across the country and the resolution of all legitimate grievances.
In the next series of meetings, the Vice President will meet with the Batta, Bachama and other groups from Adamawa State; while meetings with stakeholders from other conflict-affected States would follow.
Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has assured that terrorism, farmers and herdsmen clashes in some parts of the country would soon be a thing of the past as the Federal Government is making frantic efforts to bring such security challenges to an end.
The President made the promise in Kaduna at a security and development summit organised by Sir Ahmadu Bello Memorial Foundation.
President Buhari represented by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahaman Dambazau, said that the security agencies have been given the mandate to restore peace and security to parts of the country.
The gathering of the submit was to discuss about the Security and Development of Northern Nigeria.
Stakeholders at the conference fashioned out ways of addressing some of the security and economic challenges facing the northern region.
Speaking on behalf of the Governors, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno state says his administration would resolve and rebuild the state ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency for the past eight years, noting that Borno would be looking different in the next six months to one year.
He added that the recent suicide bombings by the insurgents is nothing but a sign of weakness and cowardice, having been largely degraded by the Military and their stronghold captured completely.
Extolling the virtues of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the President’s representative commends the effort of the Nigerian Security Agencies in conflict resolution and mitigation which he notes is the key to economic prosperity.
Observers are of the opinion that the summit would not be a mere talk-shop, but one that would be able to come up with specific ideas to solve the various socio economic problems that are hindering the development of the region.