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How we’re handling herders, farmers’ clashes – FG

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How we’re handling herders, farmers’ clashes – FG

The Federal Government, yesterday, said it had taken appropriate measurestoaddresstherecurring farmers and the herdsmen clashes in the country. This included both sociocultural and military measures to ensure that the crises were permanently addressed. This was disclosed at a town hall meeting organised yesterday by Ministry of Information and Culture in Abuja.

Ministers of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his Interior, Environment and Agricultural counterparts, took time to outline steps taken by the Federal Government to end the incessant farmers/herders clashes.

Mohammed, who explained the various police and military actions taken by security agencies to abate the clashes, quickly dismissed the notion of religious and ethnic connections. Citing the cases Zamfara and Kebbi State instances where there have been frequent clashes between the farmers and herdsmen, the minister noted that those involved are Muslims from the same ethnic group.

Mohammed said: “For those who might be tempted to view the clashes between farmers and herdsmen from the ethno-religious prism, I will cite two instances to debunk such postulation. “Zamfara State is probably the epicentre of cattle rustling in Nigeria. Those who rustle cattle are Muslims. The owners of the cattle they rustle are Muslims. Both groups most likely belong to the same ethnic group.

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