The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, SAN, has recommended the establishment of a Commission for Pastoralism as part of measures geared towards effectively addressing the farmer/herder conflict across Nigeria.
Malami made this known while speaking as Special Guest of Honor during the Peace, Unity and Security Lecture Series 2021 held at the Abuja main auditorium of the Economic Community of West
African States (ECOWAS).
The chief law officer of the federation said since the movement of herders had come to stay, it was necessary for a commission to be set up with specific emphasis on providing favourable conditions so that those concerned can live peaceably and progress in their endeavours as well.
“Nigeria is predominately agricultural in nature and by geography. To that extent, there is constant mobility of herders across the different belts of Nigeria. It is, perhaps, time to consider setting-up
of a commission for pastoralism regulated by law.
This might provide recipes for resolving protracted farmer-herder conflicts. The Commission may even engage in or facilitate in-depth analytical studies
with a view to providing lasting solutions for the benefit of people and the country,”
He said.“Revamping of the activities of the Nomadic Education Commission with a view to complimenting the efforts of government in resolving the farmer-herder clashes.”
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