Fulani herdsmen in Logo Local Government have pledged the commitment of their people to sustaining peace and security of lives and property currently enjoyed in the area to complement governor Samuel Ortom’s peace initiatives.
Speaking during the visit of the Benue -Taraba Inter-State Boundary Agenda for Sensitization, Peace Advocacy in the Benue Communities led by the Secretary to the State Government Barr. Targema Takema, leader of the herdsmen Wakili Sadau regretted that most of the Fulanis causing trouble in the community were not resident in the area but expressed confidence that the solution to the
crisis was the task of those living in the community and advised the people to always report cases of trespass to the civilian joint tax force for sanctions to be meted out to erring Fulani men instead of resorting to self help which often escalates more violence.
Earlier in an opening remark, caretaker committee chairman of Logo Local Government Hon. Victor Kpandegh identified herders-farmers clash as the major security challenge in the area and thanked the committee for the visit which he believes would enhance the current peace in the area as well as find a lasting solution to the problem. Also speaking, representative of the Ter Logo Chief Enock Kyumen appreciated the support of the Benue State Government to peace efforts in the area which he said has ended the crisis between the two tribes. He commended government for setting up the Civilian Joint Tax Force Committee which he said has been very instrumental to the current peace in the area and advised government to find a way of ensuring that Fulanis returning to the area after the crisis pass through the traditional rulers covering the affected domain to enable them have a proper knowledge of those living with their people.
Responding, leader of the government delegation and secretary to the state government Barr. Targema Takema regretted that escalation of communal crisis in different parts of the state has caused a lot of retrogression to the wellbeing of the people. He maintained that governor Samuel Ortom in a bid to end the crisis convened a stakeholders meeting between the Fulanis and the Tiv people on one hand and the governments of Benue and Taraba on the other which has necessitated a visit to communities aside signing a peace deal which the governor believes if finally entrenched is the only way development can reach the people.
The SSG further advised the Fulanis to always expose the bad eggs within them in the interest of peace adding that with the current fall in oil prices which has serious effects on government revenue, the state can not afford to waste her little resources on peace keepings and avoidable security problems which makes peace an imperative in all parts of the state.
He maintained that Nigeria’s population has doubled 60 million when grazing routes were created
leading to the takeover of such places by structures and farm lands which has placed the solution to the farmers herders crisis in the creation of ranches as is the standard in all civilized societies.