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Herdsmen, Host Communities Fueds Capable Of Destroying Nigeria – Dogara

Posted: Apr 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ahmed Musa

Abuja – The incessant clashes between fulani herdsmen and their host communities across the country has been described as as a development capable of scuttling? the peace and unity of Nigeria.
Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives,  stated this while declaring open a two-day public hearing on the “incessant clashes between?Fulani herdsmen and their host communities in Nigeria as well as 10 other amendment bills organised by the House Committee on Agricultural Produce and Services in Abuja.
Speaker Dogara who was represented at the event by the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Wilfred Onyema Chuwkuka, told stakeholders that one important issues the hearing would seek to find a common ground to is the un-ending clashes generated by conflict of interests.

Commenting on the reported clash between herdsmen and some communities in the Southeast on Tuesday, the Speaker’s representatives said: “One key issue that’s in the news early this morning is the story of a clash between herdsmen and some host communities in Anambra state where I come from with media report estimating the loss of over 20 lives”.

“This is something that we as Nigerians and political leaders need to see as something capable of destroying the peace and unity of this country”, he said.

He added saying that the hearing seeks to receive the opinions of Nigerians on how to strengthen mechanism aimed at enhancing development of the Agricultural sector, despite having the sector on the concurrent legislative list.

“By virtue of section 45 of the constitution, any law made by the states is usually superseded by the one made here at the National Assembly on the same subject matter on the concurrent legislative list.

“That’s why the National Assembly has taken the pain to make effort towards guaranteeing peaceful and harmonious co-existence between farmers and herdsmen which is one of the key referrals that are before this committee vis-a-vis other important areas that are expected to generate inputs aimed at amending existing laws for the purpose of enhancing agriculture in Nigeria”, the Speaker submitted.

Chairman of the committee, Hon. Muhammad Tahir Monguno in his welcome address said the incessant clashes between herdsmen and host communities is a very topical issue that requires a very robust discussion and participation of all stakeholders, adding that “we must put all hands on deck to curtail the situation so as to prevent it from degenerating further into something capable of disintegrating the unity of this country”.

The two-day hearing is expected to end on Wednesday with far reaching recommendations geared towards proffering solutions to issues canvassed on the referrals before the committee.