How Aguleri Community Quells Farmers/Herdsmen Conflicts

Raymond Ozoji, Awka

Traditional ruler of Aguleri community in Anambra-east local government area of Anambra state, Igwe Chistopher Idigo, has said that his community has continued to quell farmers-herdsmen conflicts due to the pact the community entered into with the cattle herders.

Igwe Idigo stated this at the police headquarters Awka shortly after a highpowered joint security parley at the weekend. He told journalists that being the traditional ruler of the community where the state governor hails from, it was incumbent on him to ensure that there was peace between  indigenes and non-indienes of Aguleri community including cattle rearers.

The monarch maintained that one of the ways the community had fostered peace between farmers and herdsmen was through the setting up of security committees between farmers and herdsmen to avert conflicts. He said the cattle rearers entered into an agreement with Aguleri community on how  they would  operate in the area.

He advised that people should invest in the growing of grasses as done in the United States of America where he said that people made fortune from growing grasses for domestic animals to feed on. He said such practice should be adopted in Nigeria to reduce the nomadic nature of herdsmen who move from one place to another in search of pastures for their cattle.

Idigo therefore implored herdsmen not to destroy farmlands in their host communities and that they should not allow under-aged persons to herd cows as they were more volatile and susceptible to formenting trouble even though he said categorically that Aguleri community was managing the situation comfortably.

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