Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Ministerial committee on Herdsmen and Farmers Clash yesterday took its peace advocacy campaign to stakeholders in Abuja Metropolitan Area Council (AMAC) and Bwari Area Council.
The committee had started the peace advocacy campaign from Abaji,Kwali Gwagwalada, Kuje, and now AMAC, with Bwari Area Council.
This was against the backdrop of reoccurring herdsmen and farmers clashes and killings across the country, especially adjourning FCT states.
PeoplesDaily reports that throughout the deliberations across the Councils, the cardinal message was advocacy for peaceful coexistence among various stakeholders especially farmer’s and herdsmen.
Addressing stakeholders in AMAC, Chairman of the committee, and Secretary, Social Development Secretariat (SDS), Al-hassan Olademeji delivered the FCT Minister’s message to the people.
He explained that the FCT Administration envisioned the initiative as a preventive measure against the persistent herdsmen and crops farmers crisis particularly in the north central, which FCT is part of, even though there is no serious incident of such.
According to him, the crisis has been contagious, that explains why it has been spreading, but it has not gotten to FCT.
He stressed that without peace, no human endeavour can thrive in any society, hence the need for all to keep the peace at all cost.
Also speaking, AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, reiterated that authorities of the Council would never relent to keep advocating for peaceful coexistence among the people.
Candido while noting that the menace remains a strange phenomenon in the FCT, urged all and sundry to do everything possible to live peaceful with one another.
He particularly called on the original inhabitants of the FCT to sacrifice a bit more in the interest of peace and development of the nation’s capital.
Similarly, Sapeyi of Garki, Usman Nga-Kupi, called for attitudinal change, in order to promote peace, and pave way for the development of the people and society at large.
The Monarch equally called for the promulgation of a law against bearing of fire arms by civilians especially farmers and herdsmen, to reduce the propensity of violence.
He commended the FCT Minister, for setting up the peace advocacy committee, which will boost peaceful coexistence among the people.
He however urged the committee to use jingles in Hausa, Fulani and other indigenous languages to enlighten the people on the need to live peacefully.
On his part, Fulani Chief (Ardo) in AMAC, Alhaji Kogi Salihu, described the initiative as very critical to promoting peace, which his people have already identified with.