Feb 14, 2021

On ongoing Farmer-Herder crisis in Nigeria

By Dr Baba J Adamu

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First of all, the Farmer-Herder crisis in Nigeria must be condemned. We should all condemn the senseless killings by the herders all across Nigeria, they are killing our people in the north, even more, kidnapping and terrorizing our communities in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara and everywhere. This should not be acceptable by the government. As the Presidency said, the criminal herders are being tried and convicted across Nigeria particularly in Benue State but more should be done to address all sorts of criminality like kidnappings, youth banditry, the farmer-herder crisis as well as safety of lives and properties. And all State Governors of the Federation should speak with one voice to eradicate this scourge.


But also the crisis has shown how the southern governors are biased and showed an utter lack of understanding of the Nigerian social systems embedded in particular historical contexts. Research shows that effective leaders are those who are in tune with their environment and who consistently act in ways that promote unity and peaceful coexistence of various communities within their domains. The actions of these so-called governors, however, are not made up of a grand vision of peace and tolerance. Rather, their actions tend to be smaller, bias, full of sentiment and hatred of the Hausa-Fulani and the Northerners period!; and therefore less impactful and meaningless, they tend to be clear though, in their rhetoric and incitement of further divide without taking into consideration the overall peace and security of the entire country. This indeed is a shame. As illustrated in the videos herein attached, Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State and his colleague Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state exemplify what leadership is all about: The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose of peaceful coexistence amongst the citizens irrespective of their ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, social class or even political affiliation, and offer a practical solution to the problems bedevilling the people, which inspire confidence. Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building confidence of the people beyond normal limitations of hatred, bigotry and religious or ethnic sentiments. That is why the response by Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State to Gov Samuel Ortom of Benue State on the Farmer-Herder crisis is very right indeed. All Northern governors acknowledge that every southerner can and must live in the North comfortably and in peace without bias or harassment, can even contest and win election whereas the southern governors are busy given ultimatums to the Northerners to leave their states or carry ID cards. This is absurd and utterly unacceptable if we are to remain in one Nigeria.

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Gov Nasiru El-Rufai on farmer-herder crisis in Nigeria

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Gov Bala Mohammed on farmer-herder crisis in Nigeria



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