The Federal Government has commenced nationwide consultations with community, traditional, religious and opinion leaders (led by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN)) towards ending the incessant farmers-herdsmen conflict in Nigeria. NANTS notes that violent conflicts between nomadic herders from northern Nigeria and sedentary farming communities in the central and southern zones have escalated in recent years and are spreading southward, threatening the country’s security and stability.
With an estimated death toll of approximately 2,500 people in 2016, these clashes are becoming as potentially dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East. As these conflicts increase in frequency, intensity and geographical scope, so do their humanitarian and economic toll exacerbate.
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PRESS RELEASE - Ending Herdsmen-Farmers Conflict in Nigeria