Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to call for an emergency stakeholders meeting to discuss the herder/farmer crisis rocking the nation.
Tinubu suggested that state governors, senior security officials, religious and traditional rulers, as well as representatives of herders and farmers should all be present at the meeting.
According to him, stakeholders must move in unison but decisively to end the spiral of death and destruction caused by the clash between herders and farmers.
He noted that economic hardship, its resultant dislocation, proliferation of weapons, generalised increase in criminality and weakening of social institutions all play a role in what is currently happening in Nigeria.
“The situation of the herder is becoming untenable. Their nomadic ways fall increasingly in conflict with the dictates of modern society.
“The purpose of this meeting would be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis. After this meeting, governors of each state should convene follow-up meetings in their states to refine and add flesh to the universal principles by adjusting them to the particular circumstances of their states.
“To accomplish this goal, wise policy must include the following elements: Maintain reasonable and effective law enforcement presence in affected areas.
“Help the herders’ transition to more sedentary but more profitable methods of cattle-rearing. Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis.
“Assist farmers increase productivity by supporting or providing subvention for their acquisition of fertilizer, equipment and machinery and, also, by establishing commodity boards to guarantee minimum prices for important crops,” he said.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.