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Published On: Fri, Nov 17th, 2017

Farmers/herdsmen clash: AMAC Unity C’ttee visits, sues for peace in Gui

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Chairman, AMAC National Unity Committee, John Bawa addressing community leaders, farmers and pastoralists inside the Palace of the District of Gui Ward, Al-hassan Yusuf, yesterday during a peace building visit in the area, in Abuja. Photo: Stanley Onyekwere

By Stanley Onyekwere

The AMAC National Unity Committee yesterday stormed Gui community with message of peace, in a bid to halt escalation of a minor farmers and herdsmen clash in the rural settlement near Sauka, of Airport Road, Abuja.
This is against the backdrop of a recent clash between farmers (mostly indigenous people of FCT) and Pastoralists of Fulani origin residing in the community, resulting in two persons sustaining injuries.
It was learnt that trouble started following the death of two cows while several others are still being treated for alleged poisoning of the grazing routes by unknown persons in the community.
However, speaking during the visit to the community, chairman of the Committee, John Bawa, explained that they were on a fact finding mission, with the aim of making peace between farmers and pastoralists in the community.
He informed leaders and members of the community that AMAC Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, on receiving the news of the clash, directed the committee to intervene.
Noting that if there is no peace, there can’t be development in the community, he urged the both pastoralists and farmers to live in peace with one another , in the interest of the greater number of the people.
According to him, wherever there is reported cases of communal conflict in the Council, it’s the mandate of the committee, to embark on a fact finding mission, with the view to resolving the crisis. And we are very optimistic about the situation in Gui.
Responding, District Head, Gui Ward, Al-hassan Yusuf, thanked the committee for the visit, commended the AMAC chairman for setting up the committee.
He recalled that it was Fulani herdsman that ran into his palace, informing him of the poisoning of his cows, resulting in the death of two cows.
He said immediately, he informed his entire District heads to address the issue, in order to prevent break down of law and order, which the Fulani community agreed to maintain the peace.
He said, so far, only two persons were physically attacked as a result of the incident, adding that the victims are still nursing their wounds.
According to him, they have resolved the issue of poisoning and destruction of crops.
The District Head however blamed illiteracy and youth restiveness for the recent menace of clash between farmers and Pastoralists in the community.
He also attributed cause to the practice of allowing small children to be given too many cows to cater for, as they couldn’t control such animals, which usually go astray and destroy farm produce in the community.
He disclosed that a peace committee has been constituted to swiftly handle and resolve the issue amicable.
Similarly, representative of Ardo Fulani in the Area, Malam Sale, while suing for peace, attributed the cause of the recent rising farmers/pastoralists clash in the area to impunity and lack of respect for law and order.
He decried the high level of people taking laws into their hands, whenever they felt offended by others.
He however declared the readiness of the Fulani community to ensure peaceful coexistence of all and sundry in the community.
On his part, a police officer, Umar Usman, who spoke on behalf of Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Iddo area command, revealed that Police are still investigating and monitoring the incident, so could not give comprehensive report on the situation.
He explained that the police, which arrested some youths, are currently patrolling the area, to prevent total breakdown of law and order in the community.
PeoplesDaily reports 21 members of the committee, drawn from various ethnic, religious and political groups domiciled in the council, are mandated to work out modalities for the intensive sensitisation and engagement of residents on promotion of peace and unity, for rapid development of AMAC

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