The Northern States Governors Forum and Miyetti Allah Fulani Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria would meet next week to tackle clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
The Chairman of the forum and Niger Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, said this on Friday in Minna, when he met with the leaders of the state chapter of the association.
“Members of the forum and leaders of the Fulani cattle breeders association will fashion out strategies to address the disturbing state of insecurity in the region and proffer practical and enduring solutions.
“Specifically, Miyetti Allah would work closely with governors to unmask criminals who masquerade as cattle breeders to inflict mayhem on innocent citizens.
“The objective of the parley between Northern Governors and Miyetti Allah is to engender the restoration of the most desired peaceful co-existence, unity and development in the entire region,” Aliyu said.
The governor said that the 36 Governors at the last meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) constituted a panel headed by Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa, to handle reconciliation, healing, peace and security in the troubled region.
Aliyu said the northern governors would call for a national policy to settle nomads and provide adequate grazing reserves and cattle routes.
He said that some states had been affected by the assaults on persons and institutions by insurgents suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
The Chairman of Miyetti Allah in Niger State, Alhaji Ismaila Rebe, lamented the loss of lives caused by incessant clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
Rebe urged governments to take immediate steps to set aside dedicated areas of land for pastoral use.
He said lack of proper demarcation of grazing fields for herdsmen and the non-adoption of a comprehensive pastoral resource development programme were the major causes of the constant friction.