Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has held meetings with traditional rulers from the northern part of the country with a view to finding lasting solutions to the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the country.
A statement issued by the spokesman to the vice president, Mr. Laolu Akande on Tuesday stated that the meeting was sequel to an earlier visit by Osnbajo to Adamawa State last week in the wake of the communal clashes in the state.
According to the statement the meeting between the Vice President and the traditional rulers formed part of a “series of national consultations with all relevant groups designed to find a lasting solution to the farmers-herders conflict in parts of the country.”
The statement listed those in attendance at the meeting that took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja to include the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Lamido of Adamawa, Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Musdafa; Mallam Ahmed Joda; and other leaders of the Fulani communities.
While stating that the dialogue being a continuous one would also bring other stakeholders on board, the statement added that “At the meeting, previous reports on the conflict were presented by the delegation and causes of the conflict were analysed.
“The meeting unequivocally condemned the acts of violence that has occurred, especially the killing of children and women, and highlighted the need for Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies to dutifully and objectively perform their Constitutional roles.”
Quoting the vice president, Akande wrote that Osinbajo stated that “There is nothing much more important now, in showing our leadership, beyond preventing tragedy and destruction of everything we have built as a nation. The entire Nigeria enterprise is bigger than other interests. The overall objective is ensuring that our nation is not enveloped by another crisis.”
According to the Vice President, “We now have an opportunity to do something. We have the opportunity to resolve the issues and to build a nation where we and our children can live in peace.”
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