Former President of Nigeria and elder statesman, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has met with representatives of the Fulani cattle breeders in the Southwest including Kwara and Kogi states, to seek solutions to the recurring clashes between resident farmers and nomadic herders.
Obasanjo, who met the group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) on Saturday in Abeokuta, stated that the Yorubas want unity, peace, harmony, wholesomeness and progress in the region, stressing that the time had come for everybody to acknowledge that “bad things are happening” in the Southwest, which have been attracting bad names to the Fulani in their midst.
He further recommended genuine dialogue and constant discussions, as part of the measures capable of resolving the current security concerns between farmers and herders in the country. Earlier, the group blamed the current security situation partly on the alleged inability to access security operatives to air the grievances and those profiting from the situation. Chief obasanjo however, asked the leaders of the association to take the message of peace and harmonious relationships to the grassroots where they reside.
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