End Genocide within Plateau State Nigeria.

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It is imperative that timely and impactful intervention to the ongoing clashes between herdsmen and farmers in certain Nigerian States, in particular Plateau State is taken. Longstanding incitement and intemperate statements abound between both parties. The committee established by the government to resolve this incumbent problem must work to generate holistic solutions, which will not only deal with the incessant encroachment into farmlands and consequential incitement but will also engender credible plans to fully integrate the herdsmen into Nigerian society. 

The current practice of animal grazing on cattle trails in the 21st century is at best antiquated and should be repressed. Focus on modernization of cattle rearing which optimises the benefits therein in terms of job creation and food security will positively influence an end to the vexatious conflicts between farmers and herdsmen. 

Why are herdsmen armed with AK47 weapons and farmers with sticks? Why is the Nigerian Government silent whilst more and more lives and properties within the middle-belt regions are wasted week in week out? Unanswered questions!
 
Is it acceptable for a crisis and challenge of this magnitude to loom larger than the Federal Republic of Nigeria can cope with?  It would appear that despite the numerate and credible reports of coordinated atrocities by herdsmen on the local communities and farmers in Plateau State, the Nigerian Government demonstrates zero appetite and capability to impede what can only be described as systematic ethnic cleansing. This situation requires a call to action from an independent and unbiased international team that is competent to engage, assess and proffer workable solutions to a Government that has to date shown inertia in this matter.

This 'radio silence' response by the Nigerian Government can only be construed as an embarrasment and has become untenable with evidence of emerging rampage from herdsmen and lives and property being lost in Plateau state. The States' farmers, in their hundreds of thousands, remain in danger. It is now timely to focus the attention of the U.N and aid groups on the ongoing conflict and for them to use their influence to mobilise the Nigerian Government into action. We are facing a national security challenge. The abuses will not end without potent intervention.

Okechukwu Anosike

 



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