Consequent upon the activities of Fulani herdsmen that has resulted to the death of people and destruction of properties, leaders of Hausa/Fulani herdsmen in Abia state, met with community leaders to reach a peace agreement in the spirit of promoting peace in Nigeria.
According to Daily Post, the peace agreement was initiated by the state government, the police and leaders of various communities in Abia, and was signed at a Town Hall meeting organised by the state committee on herdsmen and farmers conflict resolution at the Police Officer’s Mess in Umuahia, the state capital.
The Chairman of the committee who is also the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, stated that it was of paramount importance to organise the meeting because “the unity of this country is paramount and not negotiable.”
He further explained that the committee was organised by the government in order to prevent the sort of clashes that were happening in neighbouring states and foster a better relationship between the Hausa/Fulani and Igbo communities.
Oyebade revealed that the committee has designed short, medium and long term resolution and called on the traditional rulers to carry their people along in negotiating with herdsmen.
“Just as the herdsmen have the right to migrate to any part of the country, the law does not allow the destruction of another’s property/farm.
“The same way, communities should not kill the cows in reprisal but should take the proper channel of conflict resolution, including dialogue and reporting to security agencies.”
The police commissioner went on to charge the divisional police officers in the affected local government areas to replicate the state committee with heads of security agencies.
“The issue of destroying of farms crops, killing of cows and poisoning of water which in most cases breed trouble is what we are trying to find a lasting solution to with the aim of avoiding unnecessary conflicts now or in the future.”
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, represented by his deputy chief of staff, Chief Ukpai Agwu Ukpai, said the committee was set up to foster unity between the two communities and prevent clashes between farmers and herdsmen.