By Festus Fifen
President Goodluck Jonathan has called on stakeholders, traditional rulers, youth organisations, religious and political leaders especially in troubled states to always look for ways of promoting peace and dialogue rather than to resolve to conflict and violence which serves no useful purpose
President Jonathan Made this call while declaring open a two day international conference on security and development challenges of pastoralism in west and central Africa organised by the office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) in Kaduna Northwest Nigeria.
Speaking on the theme, the role of Pastoralists in preventing insurgency and conflicts for sustainable peace and National security, President Goodluck Jonathan who was represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo said that the conference is part of Nigeria’s consultative framework towards the realisation of peace and mutual understanding especially as it affects pastoralists and their immediate community
In their separate remarks, speaker of the House of Representative Aminu Tambuwal, Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu and the Governor of Kaduna State Ramalan Yero all applauded the giant steps taken by the office National security adviser in organising such conference and urged all stakeholders to collectively find a solution to conflicts that characterise pastoralist in the cause of moving from one place to the other.
Chairman of the occasion, Minister of Agriculture and rural development Akinwunmi Adesina while delivery his keynote address said the issue of climate change and the demand for grasslands has generated a lot of conflict as farmers and rural dwellers continually have faceoff with these herdsmen. He therefore noted that government is working seriously to make sure that pastoralists in the country are registered in line with the transformation agenda of this administration to have all farmers registered which will enable the government to capture their needs and how and possible ways to improve.
Speaking earlier the National security adviser Mohammed Dasuki said the conference is aimed at finding a lasting solution to incessant crises between pastoralists and farmers which if not properly handle could degenerate into very serious security situations which will be of no interest to the nation
The conference was well attended by traditional rulers, service chiefs, political leaders and the diplomatic community