How to End Herdsmen Violence In Nigeria By Shehu Sani

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Fulani Herdsmen has gained popularity in recent times, due to their constant violence/clash with farmers in the middle belt/northern part of Nigeria. This communal fight has consumed enough lives, and should have reached its near-end by now. Although, President Muhammadu Buhari, sometime in January this year, claimed to be on top of the matter, more deaths have occurred between then and now. According to Shehu Sani who is an Author, Playwright  and Senator representing Kaduna Central in Nigeria’s Senate, says he knows the way forward to ending this crisis, and has put it together nicely in written words.

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Here is the Road Map to Ending the Herdsmen Violence In Nigeria, as written by Shehu Sani

“There is need for the federal government to urgently convoke a national security conference to address the spiraling herdsmen-farming communities violence, and the summit should include representatives from Miyetti Allah Fulani Association, Association of Nigerian Farmers, federal and state ministries of agriculture, and of environment, security agencies, traditional rulers, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Afenifere, Ohaneze Ndigbo, middle belt groups, representatives of communities along grazing routes, the Nigeria Immigration Service and representatives of state and federal parliaments.

“There’s an immediate need to set up a National Joint Task Force on Cattle Traffic Movement (NATFOC) made up of the police, army, civil defence corps, Department of State Services, Nigeria Customs, Immigration and the Nigeria Satellite Telecommunications commission, which would be mandated to monitor, trail and track the movements of herdsmen through modern technology and other means of communication, in order to ensure that they operate within the confines of the law, and that their cattle, and also farm settlements are well protected.

“The summit should aim at proffering short and long term solutions to the incessant violence, killings and rustling activities attributed to some herdsmen, and it should unfold lasting socio-economic, security and ecological solutions to the crisis. The need to immediately set up seven grazing reserves in the states of Niger, Nasarawa, Kogi, Adamawa, Bauchi, Kaduna and Sokoto will significantly stem the movement of herdsmen southwards and drastically curtail the incidences of violent clashes with communities across the country.

“The grazing reserves should be jointly managed by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, National Livestock Association, Universities of agriculture and the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association. Moreover, there is the need to engage the ECOWAS member nations and Central African nations in the drive to end the menace of herdsmen violence holistically.

“There’s an immediate need to set up a National Joint Task Force on Cattle Traffic Movement (NATFOC) made up of the police, army, civil defence corps, Department of State Services, Nigeria Customs, Immigration and the Nigeria Satellite Telecommunications commission, which would be mandated to monitor, trail and track the movements of herdsmen through modern technology and other means of communication, in order to ensure that they operate within the confines of the law, and that their cattle, and also farm settlements are well protected. NATFOC should also be mandated to disarm all herdsmen.

“There is the need to document, register and issue identification cards to herdsmen; and the federal government, through federal and state ministries of agriculture and the Cattle Breeders Association, should embark on this on a national level. This will stem the activities of violent criminals who masquerade as herdsmen to unleash violence against innocent and vulnerable communities.Moreover, there is the need to engage the ECOWAS member nations and Central African nations in the drive to end the menace of herdsmen violence holistically.”

Shehu Sani is the President of the Civil Right Congress of Nigeria (CRCN) and the Chairman of Hand-in-Hand, Africa. He played a crucial role in restoring democracy in Nigeria. He has been arrested and jailed by past successive military regimes and was released from life imprisonment when democracy was restored in Nigeria in 1999. Currently, Sani serves the nation from his senatorial seat in Kaduna Central.

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