By Awayi Kuje
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria wants herdsmen to avoid destruction of farm produce and grazing on farmlands to avert clashes with farmers.
The Chairman of Nasarawa state chapter of the Association, Alhaji Mohammed Hussaini, said in Akwanga, that farmers should co-exist peacefully with herdsmen to avert violent clashes in the interest of peace.
Hussaini made the call while addressing newsmen on Sunday on the outcome of the meeting the association held with Fulani community of Nasarawa North senatorial district of the state.
He said the meeting was to propagate peace and appeal to herdsmen that engaged in destruction of farm produce and grazing on farmland to desist from such act in the interest of peace and development of the state and the nation at large.
“The role of this association is to preach peace and unity, not only to the Fulani community in the state but also to Nigerians at large as no nation or society can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion.
“The security challenges facing some parts of the country have affected our lives, agriculture production and social and economic development.
“Without peaceful co-existence between the farmers and the herdsmen, agricultural production and the socio-economic development of the country will be affected negatively, hence there is the need for herdsmen and farmers to embrace one another,” he said.
Hussaini also called on the Fulani community and other segments of the society to be law abiding, respect constituted authority, shun negative tendencies and live in peace, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliation.(NAN)