Herdsmen/Farmers’ Clash: Govs Uzodinma, Baguda, Badaru Broker Peace Deal

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, governor-Jigawa-Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, Kebbi states-Atiku Baguda, others Straightnews
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma, governor-Jigawa-Mohammed Abubakar Badaru, Kebbi states-Atiku Baguda, others

Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has harped on the need for sustainable harmonious and peaceful relationship between all tribes in Nigeria, irrespective of religious beliefs or political inclination.

Uzodimma made the call on Friday in Owerri, when he hosted a meeting with the governors of Jigawa and Kebbi states, Mohammed Abubakar Badaru and Atiku Baguda, respectively, to broker peace deal between herdsmen and farmers.

The Governor said he convened the interactive meeting for the purpose of fostering harmonious relationships among all the groups listed.

Addressing the audience at the Executive Council Chamber, Government House Owerri, he lamented the current security challenges in the nation which he said were being instigated by peddlers of rumours and false information.

According to him, the parley was to encourage conflicts between farmers and herders, stressing that “the two groups should complement each other because they need each other to succeed in their businesses.”

The governors of Kebbi and Jigawa states, in their remarks, appreciated Uzodimma’s wisdom in convening the meeting, and acknowledged that all Nigerians have the right to live peacefully in any part of the nation, under the protection of the leadership of the states.

They advised that all criminals inhabiting the forests should be flushed out both in the Northern and Southern parts of the country and be prosecuted.

The governors stressed the essence of unity among all Nigerians, saying it is the only way the country can achieve greatness.

Representatives of the Christian, Muslim, traditional institutions, and Miyetti Allah, who spoke, advocated the need for sustainable harmonious relationships among all ethnic groups in Nigeria.

The parley was aimed at easing tension between farmers and herders in the South-East, promote peace between Christians and Muslims in the region as well as ensure a harmonious relationship among ethnic nationalities wherever they reside in the country.

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At the end of the meeting a communiqué was issued where all concerned committed to harmonious, peaceful relationship that would foster a united Nigeria.

Also present at the peace parley included the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador George Obiozor; the National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Othman Ngelzarma.

Others were the Chairmen of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) from the South-east; Chief Imams from the zone; Leaders of Miyetti Allah from the five South-east states and heads of religious and traditional institutions.