Sunday 24th September, 2017
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Middle Belt tasks FG, Northern Govs on herdsmen's killings

Middle Belt tasks FG, Northern Govs on herdsmen's killings

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.

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