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Disarm herdsmen in Jigawa now, Fulani chief urges FG


Disarm herdsmen in Jigawa now, Fulani chief urges FG



Alhaji Isa Adamu, the Lamido of Zugobia in Guri Local Government Area
of Jigawa has appealed to the state and federal government to
collaborate in disarming armed nomadic herdsmen allegedly unleashing
terror in the area.




Adamu made the plea in Guri at a stakeholders’ meeting
organised by the Jigawa Mediation Committee on Herdsmen and Farmers on
Tuesday.




According to him, the herdsmen, who hail from northern Bauchi, have
been coming into the community, destroying farmlands and attacking
innocent people.




He dismissed the claim that encroachment on cattle routes and grazing
reserves by farmers was responsible for the frequent clashes between
farmers and herdsmen in the area, insisting that the herdsmen had a
hidden agenda.



“The crisis between farmers and herdsmen in Guri has nothing to do with encroachment on cattle routes and grazing reserves.




“The truth is that herdsmen wielding guns, machetes, bows and arrows
are coming to our area from northern Bauchi, attacking our people and
destroying their farmlands at will.




“We are also Fulanis; but these criminals are strangers to us and
that is why I am calling on the state and Federal Government to wade
into this matter and disarm them immediately before it is too late.




However, the Secretary of the committee, Dr Rabiu Miko, noted that
the state government had received complaints detailing encroachment on
cattle routes and grazing reserves by farmers in the area.




He said it was imperative for the council’s authorities to ensure
that cattle routes, ponds and grazing reserves were not used for farming
in order to de-escalate the conflict.




Also speaking, the committee Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Babura, said the
committee was constituted by Governor Badaru Mohammed, whom he said, was
deeply worried by the spate of violent conflicts between farmers and
herdsmen.




He said the state had recently provided motorcycles to the leadership
of farmers and herdsmen across its 27 local government areas to
facilitate dialogue between them in the hinterland.




In his remark, the local government chairman, Alhaji Barkwano
Adiyani, urged both farmers and herdsmen in the area to live in peace,
saying that there can be no development without peace.








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