Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACABAN), Nasarawa State Chapter, has called on the state government to establish grazing reserves for herdsmen in order to end the incessant and lingering crises between indigenous farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Alhaji Muhammad Ardo-Hussaini, the chairman of the association in the state, made the call on Sunday during a reception organised by the association in his honour in Garaku, Kokona Local Government Area of the state.
Ardo-Hussaini said that the establishment of the reserves would put an end to incessant crises between farmers and herdsmen, and would also boost agricultural and socio-economic development of the state.
He observed that the crises between the two groups had claimed many lives and negatively affected the socio-economic development of the state and the country at large.
Ardo-Hussaini urged the groups to continue to co-exist peacefully, saying that, “no nation or society can develop in an atmosphere of rancour and confusion.”
He also urged the herdsmen to send their children to school who would be future leaders, adding that “education is the bedrock of every society, hence, the need for the parents to accord adequate priority to the education of their children.”
The chairman promised to ensure the establishment of nomadic schools in Fulani settlements to improve the educational standard of the Fulani children in the state for the overall development of the country.
He thanked the herdsmen for electing him as the chairman of the association and appealed to them to support him to enable him excel.
Sen. Walid Jibrin, Acting National Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while speaking at the occasion, commended the members of the association for their peaceful conduct during the election of their officers in the state and called for its sustenance.
Jibrin, who is also the Sarkin Fulani in Nasarawa state, urged them to sustain the peaceful co-existence that had existed between them and their neighbours and to respect constituted authorities.