According to the, Miyetti Allah Breeders Cattle Association of Nigeria has said recent clashes experienced in Taraba and Kaduna states were stoked by religious and ethnic differences.
The National Secretary of the association, Othman Ngelzarma, speaking at the launch of a pilot workshop organised by the Nigerian Incentives-based Risk-sharing Systems for Agricultural Lending, also emphasised the need to earmark more grazing areas across the federation for cattle and livestock grazing.
According to Ngelzarma, out of all the 415 designated grazing reserves in the country, only three are located in the South, between Oyo and Ogun states.
He added that the threat of conflict between farmers and herdsmen could be curtailed by the government earmarking more grazing fields as more Nigerians embrace farming.
The herdsmen leader explained that talks were ongoing between the group and the 19 northern state governors to address the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen.
Ngelzarma, speaking in Hausa, said, “Today, the major cause of conflict pitching the farmers and Fulani nomads against each other is grazing land. While we acknowledge that the crisis has greatly increased in recent times, we will not fail to acknowledge that, in recent times, we have seen the conflict assuming ethnic and religious colouration. We have seen this in Taraba and Kaduna states, among the numerous challenges we are gripped with as a nation.
“This development is a source of great concern. We are aware of this challenge and, together with the 19 northern governors, we are trying to find a way out of this looming challenge.”
The governors, according him, promised to take proactive measures to curtail the conflicts.
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )