ECOWAS To Hold Meetings With Nigeria To Proffer Solutions To Fulani Herdsmen Crisis
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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have agreed to work together to find lasting solutions to the incessant killings and crisis caused by the Fulani herdsmen in the West-African country.
The Nigerian Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau made this known yesterday after having talks with the President of the ECOWAS commission, Marcel De Souza at the ECOWAS Secretariat in Abuja.
The meeting had been necessitated to discuss regional security as the herder/farmers clashes and the ever-lingering terrorist attacks in the West African region became a big cause for worry.
According to Dambazau, the move was made by the Federal Government as a medium of tackling the Fulani Herdsmen menace and seeing that justice is served to the perpetrators of the crimes.
The Minister thereby called for a ministerial conference amongst ECOWAS member states with the goal of developing a framework to tackle trans-border crimes which have played a part in escalating the crisis.
Thus, an ECOWAS high-level inter-ministerial conference will be held in February 2018, where the 16 member states will be in attendance to proffer solutions to the problems.
Dambazau argued: “Clashes between cattle herders and farmers are tending to be more prevalent in Nigeria, owing to its size and population. We think that we and ECOWAS should come together to look at the wider dimension.
“We require stability in the region, hence, this high-level conference is being proposed to examine, among others, the ecological dimension such as desertification and drought.”
ECOWAS President, Marcel de Souza said there was the need to implement the 1978 protocol, which would help resolve the crisis.