The Kogi State government has urged Fulani herdsmen in state have to live in peace with their host communities for the overall development of the state.
The state Commissioner of Agriculture, Mr. Kehinde Oloruntoba made this call when some executive members of the state chapter of the Myetti Allah visited him in his office.
The commissioner who bemoaned the incessant crisis between the herdsmen and farmers in parts of the state called on the association to educate their members on the need to live in harmony with their host communities.
He noted that the relationship between the farmers and the herdsmen should be symbiotic, as the one cannot live independent of the other, saying that while the herdsmen cannot live without food produced by the farmers, the later too need the meat for protein.
According to him: “If farmers and herdsmen understand that they need each other to survive, they would have no option than to live in peace”.
He said that the state government was working out a modality to resolve farmers’ and herdsmen crisis in the state, adding that all stakeholders in the agriculture subsector, not excluding traditional rulers, would be involved in the quest to restore peace to communities being ravaged by farmers/ herdsmen crisis.
The state chairman of Myetti Allah Association, Alhaji Umaru Jaido stated that the Fulani herdsmen in the state would abide by the resolution of the meeting held in Abuja to broker peace between them and the farmers.
He called on farmers to report damages by herdsmen on their farms to the association for compensation rather than resort to violence. This, he said would help in reducing the crisis to the barest minimum.