The recent conflict between farmers and herdsmen in Nasarawa has been of concern to many, including the governor of the state, Tanko Al-Makura. The governor however recently stated that for the sake of all parties involved, it was best not to enact an anti-grazing law. Instead, Al-Makura indicated that he has alternate plans to work towards a peaceful resolution that will ease conflicts within the region.


The Governor’s Response

Al-Makura expressed his opposition to an anti-grazing law while hosting members of the Defense Intelligence College in Lafia. The DIC personnel had made a stop in the state while on tour for Anti-grazing laws research and investigation into the herdsmen attacks in the country.

Al-Makura lamented the spate of conflicts and clashes among farmers/herdsmen, but said he was not convinced that enacting an anti-grazing law was the answer. Instead, his preference was to allow resolution mechanisms set in place by the administration to deal with such affairs on a local level. He further asserted that third party intervention would not be in anyone’s best interests. Perhaps, anyone interested in placing a wager on his decision could have used a Nairabet affiliate code to wager on this decision.


Al-Makura’s Assessment

The governor believes that a lack of grazing routes combined with illegal actions of rustlers and bandits are to blame for the conflicts. A community-based program for resolving such conflicts was set in place in 2013. Al-Makura therefore said he believed that different communities already have vehicles in place by which they can settle their own affairs without outside intervention or meddling.


Examples Given as Proof

Al-Makura pointed to his NAYES program that centers around youth empowerment in communities. More than five thousand youth are involved, and results suggest a reduction is youth restiveness issues and related problems. Air Commodore E. O Jaiyeola of the DIC explained that he and his team members were concerned about the possible impact of anti-grazing laws while also being focused on researching issues related to grazing routes, ranching and their effects. Jaiyeola noted that talking with those involved would help to understand issues from their perspectives.


Final Thoughts

Governor Al-Makura seems content to leave efforts for conflict resolution to locals as it has been since 2013. It is difficult to understand how his youth program referred to was in any way related to anti-grazing laws or farmer/herdsmen conflicts. Perhaps it was a polite way of deflecting conversations to a different topic through obvious avoidance. Without governmental intervention, conflicts between herdsmen and farmers are likely to continue if not escalate over time.

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