The Federal Government has set up a team to mediate with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with a view to ending herdsmen’s attacks on farmers in the country.Headed by Ebony State Governor Dave Umahi, the team’s other members are: Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Jibrilla Bindo (Adamawa) and Abdullaziz Yari (Zamfara).
The move followed a three-hour meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, yesterday. At the closed-door session were the Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd), his counterpart in the Ministry of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and Deputy Governors Benson Abounu (Benue) and Moses Adeyemo (Oyo).
Osinbajo had, recently, stressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to bring the crisis to a stop. “Much damage has been done, not just security-wise, but also to the psyche of the people. Due to the series of attacks, people are afraid. We are looking at repairing the damage that has been done to the infrastructure of the communities and rehabilitating the people,” he had stated.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari told State House correspondents that the meeting, held at the instance of the National Economic Council (NEC), sought solutions to the problem.
”As a government, we have to take all measures, despite the fact that the army, police and other security agents are on the field at the respective places. Still, we have to form this committee to interface with those actors, so that this matter can be reduced to the barest and possibly wiped off,” Yari said, adding: “Other people will be brought in to join the committee from the hotspot states of Benue, Taraba, Adamawa and Zamfara.”