Protracted Herders and Crop Farmers Conflict in North Central Nigeria: the Imperative of Rejiging the Herding System

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M. Martinluther Nwaneri


Apart from scourge of Boko-haram induced terrorism in Nigeria, another issue that had occupied public discourse and challenged national’s security and social stability in the recent times is the lingering of hostility between the nomadic herdsmen and farmers. Both groups at one times or the other have been on one another throat over access to land and water. On several occasions, particularly, in the north-central; thousands of people have been killed, farmlands and crops worth billions of naira have been destroyed, cows and other animals have been wasted and rustled, houses have been destroyed, the aged long social relationships and harmonious peaceful coexistence have been broken. Steps and efforts made by governments and civil society groups to midwife peace between the herdsmen and farmers through a mediation or dialogue mechanism elusive because conflict issues have not been fundamentally addressed. This study, therefore, advocates for a change of approach as it concerns cattle rearing and taking cognizance of what may work, and what steps have failed in the past with hindsight of global best practice.

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