PERSPECTIVES ON THE CONFLICTS BETWEEN FARMERS AND TRANSHUMANT PASTORALISTS IN NIGERIA. by Mohammed BELLO TUKUR Esq.
Rural farmers and livestock breeders are the primary source of the food in Africa, particularly for the urban areas of most countries including Nigeria. Of recent Livestock Breeders particularly Transhumant Pastoralist and sedentary/migrant farmers have engaged each other in an internecine warfare that is threatening the peace and stability of our country. The conflict had been primarily about resource use, damage to crops, blocking of transhumant corridors (Burtali), farming along the valleys and stream/river banks and uncomplimentary agricultural policies by government. However of the recent the conflict had assumed a dangerous dimension with the infusion of ethnic, religious and political factors into it. Cattle rustling, availability of dangerous weapons, intra-pastoralist conflicts, mercenary elements and dangerous drugs had all added to the combustion.
There is need to address the issues dispassionately with a view…
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