Disturbed by the incessant killings of farmers by herdsmen in the Middle Belt Zone, stakeholders from the region have asked the Federal Government and Northern States’ governors to wade into the menace and end it.
The leaders, in a communique after a four-day conference on herders and farmers’ conflicts in central Nigeria, organised by the Centre for Research Management, Benue State University, Makurdi, said the wanton killings should be a matter of concern to all, not only those affected directly.
They said that the continued massacre of the farmers called for a synergy among those that matters in the religion and not a blame game.
The organisers attributed the increasing wave of the menace to lack of positive response from the federal and state governors in the affected areas, sighting the incidence of Southern Kaduna and Benue as an issue of serious concern.
“Between 2010 and 2017, the activities of herdsmen have posed existential threat to the communities in Central Nigeria.
“Over 5,000 lives have been lost with over 100,000 internally displaced people through attacks by Fulani militias operating in the Middle Belt region.”
“Many communities have been dispersed and their people thrown into confusion, thereby breaking the cohesion of communities and threatening the survival of the People.”
The conference noted that Fulani herdsmen who follow and fight alongside their militias occupy the lands from which they violently and murderously evict the people.
The conference observed that the resurgence of the Fulani attacks, if not well checkmated, could bring about undeclared war on the people of the Middle Belt by some power groups using the Fulani militia, which is a vanguard for jihadist conquest and subjugation of the people of Central Nigeria.