As the feud between Fulani herdsmen and farmers persists, the Consulate General of the United States in Lagos has intervened in the feud with a view to finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis, especially in the South-West region of the country.
The Consulate, in partnership with a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), The Strength in Diversity Development Centre (TSDDC), took the first step with a meeting with the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos and Chairman, Association of Fulani Chiefs, South-West, Alhaji Mohammed Bambado.
The meeting, which was hosted by Bambado focused on the current clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers, especially in the South-West. T
he US team, who were led by the Economic and Political Chief at the Consulate office in Lagos, Mr. Thomas Hines and the Deputy Consul General, Mr. Jeffrey M. Willey, were accompanied by the Political Officer, Luckett Meghan.
President and co-Executive Director of the TSDDC, Imam Shefiu Abdul-Kareem Majemu, who facilitated the meeting, said the aim of the parley was to “further facilitate a reconciliation meeting among the ethnic and warring groups with a view to bringing the current situation under total control.”
According to him, the team has promised to facilitate dialogue fora where the farmers and the Fulani chiefs would meet from time to time to interact and discuss issues within themselves and thereby seek for amicable ways of settling dispute.
Responding, the U.S team told Bambado that the U.S was committed to working with relevant institutions at finding urgent solution to the crisis in good time.