Buhari: I’m Determined to End Herdsmen/Farmers Clashes‎

*President Buhari reading his address at the IPI event, Presidential Villa, Abuja...Thursday, June 21, 2018. Photo: Sunday Aghaeze

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday  reassured that his administration was determined to find lasting solution to the incessant herders/farmers clashes.

Buhari gave the assurance during an audience with a special delegation from Nasarawa State, led by the governor, Abdullahi Sule, at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Buhari, who commended the Nasarawa elders and leaders for maintaining peace within the state said: “In the last four years, you collectively put aside your political, religious and ethnic differences for the interest of stability and prosperity. We must continue to preach peace and understanding in your various community.

“The incessant conflicts between herders and farmers is an age long problem, this administration is determined to find lasting solutions. I employ all leaders of opinion to help maintain peace while we are putting in place policies and permanent solutions.”

The President while noting that the responsibility on government is enormous, noted that, “In the last four years we have focused on enhancing security, inclusive economic empowerment and fighting corruption. In all these areas we have made progress despite the significant challenges we faced.

“I am pleased to hear that there is a federal government’s project in Nasarawa state that is impacting on your citizens. I will like to congratulate the governor, deputy governor and all the newly elected officials from Nasarawa state on your victory in the polls including of course, Senator Al-makura.

“I must commend the steadfastness, commitment and the enormous hardwork of the former governor of Nasarawa state senator Tanko Almakure, who identified with our project from the word go. I wish him well in his new assignment.

“In the next four years I want to assure you that we will remain committed to the change agenda. Our goal of building an inclusive, secure and prosperous Nigeria is achievable. However, the federal government cannot do it alone. We need the full cooperation and support of states, local governments as well as traditional and religious leaders.

“Just last week, I inaugurated the National Economic Council during that meeting, I emphasized the need to invest in education, primary health care, agriculture and security as foundations for sustainable progress.

“I want to use this forum to again soliciting the support of all states to align with those four pillars. We must all have a collective vision for sustainable development.”

Buhari however asked the delegation to put on hold its plans to name an academic institution in his name, saying: “I will make consultations and revert to you in due course.”

The President noted that Nasarawa state and its citizens have always been dear to him. According to him, “Our political journey started a long time ago, in good times and in difficult times I could always count on your support.

“You are the first and only state to elect a governor under CPC and resisted all the riggings of the power that be at the time. I can never forget your commitment and your love for me from the moment I entered partisan politics.

“Today, our political movement is now in government at the center. We have won majority states, we have majority in National Assembly, we must therefore show gratitude to almighty God for all the blessings.”

The governor in his remarks said, the delegation came to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing their sons, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim.

He said the delegation made up of former governor, Tanko Almakura and traditional rulers, former ambassadors, ministers and permanent secretaries from the state, came to thank President Buhari for dualising some of their roads, building some of the institutions and appointing some many  sons and daughters of State into the Federal agencies.

The governor sho said they are going to fight insecurity through  agriculture said,”Nasarawa State is taking the issue of security very seriously; we know that the President is after the security of this country; we are looking at tackling security through agriculture. First and foremost, there is what is called Ruga project by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture; so Nasarawa State is one of few states that will start that programme where we are going to deploy a lot of people and we will separate the herders from farmers so that they can be in separate areas.

“There are some many intervention funds; mainly for agriculture to employ the youths and promote agriculture; so we are embracing each one of them ; but we are coming up with a Bill where we are involving our traditional rulers; to part and parcel of security of their various domains.”

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