Friday, 13 May 2016

Anambra celebrates peace with herdsmen


Elsewhere, relations between Fulani cattle herders and local communities may not be at their best following suspected herdsmen’s attacks, but in Anambra State, there is peace.

While many states are still smarting from their encounters with suspected Fulani herdsmen, Anambra is happy being left alone by the herders. At Nimbo, an agrarian community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, suspected cattle herders reportedly kill...ed scores of residents less than three weeks ago, but in Anambra State there are no such worries, the state said.

An aide to Governor Willie Obiano, Hon. Tony Collins Nwabunwanne explained the state’s celebratory tone, saying it is at peace with the Fulani community in the state.

Nwabunwanne, who is the governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters, said herdsmen will not attack any Anambra community because of the cordial relationship between the state and the Fulani community.

Nwabunwanne was quick to credit Governor Obiano with the peace.

He said Anambra would have been the first place for such attacks based on the boundaries shared with such neighbours as Enugu and Kogi states, where herders have clashed with the local communities, but for Obiano’s vision and some measures he took.

What were those measures?

Nwabunwanne said, first, the state government set up a tripartite committee involving security operatives, host communities and Fulani leadership.

That committee is headed by the state commissioner of police, Mr. Hosea Karma.

Also on the committee are Department of State Service (DSS), the military and Civil Defence, among others.

Furthermore, Obiano, according to him, came up with the idea of paying compensation to herdsmen or host communities depending on who was at fault.

“And because of these strategies, Anambra has been at peace with the herdsmen, the governor is the man who saw tomorrow, the issue of herdsmen does not exist in the state.”

He called on other Southeast and Northern governors to emulate Obiano to forestall further herdsmen’s attacks in the country.

Since the killings of the Nimbo people in Uzo-Uwani Enugu State on April 25, there had been outrage in all the communities in the zone.

Culled from The Nation

1 comment:

Omenkanya said...

Nobody has told us when herdsmanship has become Federal Nigeria government sponsored occupation.
Nobody has told us or shown us anywhere in the world where the rearing of cows, a private business enterprise, is established on some "grazing bill" and private lands of citizens are confiscated so that private business cattle can graze.
Has anybody in the Nigerian government visited Oklahoma or Texas and seen how cattle is reared? About five to six cattle ranchers in Oklahoma put out more beef in six months than all the Fulani cattle nomads produce in any year.Yet, Oklahoma citizens leave in peace and keep possession of their lands and farms.
Governor Obiano means well but he needs to remember that he who eats with the devil must always lean on his long spoon.
What happens to other Igbo or southern states shall not be viewed as lack of vision and not dismissed with, "it cannot happen here".