Fulani herdsmen have been advised by the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha-Agwai, to avoid grazing on farmlands, to avert clashes between them and farmers.
The emir made the call on Wednesday while receiving a delegation of Fulani community in Nasarawa State at his palace in Lafia, the state capital.
According to Mustapha-Agwai, the call became imperative to ensure peaceful co-existence between herders and farmers as well as to boost food production in the state and the country at large.
“As a traditional ruler, my role is to preach peace, unity and to advise my subjects and other Nigerians to live in peace and tolerate one another, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.
“No nation or society can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion; the security challenges facing some parts of the country had affected our lives and socio-economic development of the country negatively.
“It is in view of this, I want to appeal to you and other herdsmen not to graze on farmlands so as to avert clashes between you and farmers in the interest of peace and national development.
“Without peaceful co-existence between the farmers and the herdsmen, agricultural production and the socio-economic development of the country will be affected negatively, hence the need for both of them to embrace one another”, he said.
Earlier, leader of the Fulani community, Ardo Lawal Dano, said the visit was to inform the monarch of the community’s activities, especially in the area of promotion of peace across the state.
Dano assured the Emir that Fulani leaders would do everything humanly possible to ensure the sustenance of peace among them and with their neighbours.