The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said the farmer-herder conflicts require a real-time, practically-oriented solution.
Malami said this on Saturday at the AB Dikko Memorial Symposium holding in Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State.
In a statement by Dr Umar Gwandu, SA, Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General, Malami called for stakeholders’ engagement to resolve the protracted farmer-herder conflicts in the country.
“The better approach towards resolving the crisis over the short, medium and long terms is to directly involve the stakeholders at the conception, implementation and monitoring phases.”
He said that community-oriented approach was likely to yield greater dividends in diffusing and eventually eliminating the menace that had retarded economic development and created wide-spread insecurity.
“Without synchronisation with the needs and aspirations of the stakeholders, it is not only counter-productive, but inimical to the emergence and sustenance of a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria”, the minister said.
He, therefore, advocated the setting-up of regulated grazing reserves to replace the “Burtali” or “Hurumi” pastoral system.
He said intensive enlightenment of livestock breeders on the need for sedentary farming and transhumance agriculture as complimentary economic process to nomadic farming was necessary.
He said provision of water holes in remote grazing locations, subsidised veterinary care and mobile ambulatory services for surgeries and other medical interventions for livestock would be of great help.
He also emphasised the need for providing social amenities, educational facilities and cattle markets at central locations to accelerate nomadic settlements.