Farmers – Herders forum proffer solutions to Plateau, Benue, Taraba killings
A group known as Forum on Farmer-Herder Relations in Nigeria (FFARN) have come out to proffer solutions to the recent violent clashes between herders and local farmers especially in the North central region of the country.
Academics, practitioners and selected policymakers with peacebuilding mandate are members of the group and they say the blurry lines between the conflict and criminal activities need proper investigation for effective delineation of the two and appropriate response.
Mrs. Olubukola Ademola-Adelehin the project leader said the fact that acts of criminality of this nature go unpunished has continued to embolden criminals to act with impunity, which was becoming a major defining feature of their operations.
“The Plateau State government in concert with the federal government, development partners, civil society, traditional and religious leaders among others should invest more resources in prevention of violent conflicts, conflict transformation and peacebuilding as well as humanitarian response, post-conflict rehabilitation and recovery targeted at rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of the affected populations,” she said