Fulani leaders sensitise herdsmen to foster peace with Plateau farmers

fulani_herdsmenGov stops congratulatory messages to mourn Pwajok

THE Miyyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Plateau State yesterday said it has commenced sensitization of its members on the need to interact and live in peace with farmers and other host communities.

The Caretaker Committee Chairman of MACBAN in the State, Ardo Idris Gidado, who addressed newsmen yesterday in Jos, said that peace is the foundation of every developed society and without it no meaningful development can be achieved, and the exercise is aimed at strengthening peace with farmers in the state.

Meanwhile, Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong has urged well-wishers, who are daily congratulating him on his victory at the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal to suspend such congratulatory messages as the state is still mourning the demise of Senator Gyang Pwajok, who died in an Indian hospital last week from a liver-related treatment.

In a statement by his Director of Press Affairs and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Emmanuel Nanle, the governor thanked his well-wishers, saying that the death of Pwajok is a national tragedy which is more painful for the state where he hailed from. He said that as a result, all public jubilations and congratulatory messages over his victory at the tribunal should be suspended forthwith to mourn the deceased.

Pwajok, aged 49, was the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the state who contested with the All Progressives Congress (APC’s) candidate, Lalong. The latter won and the former, who was dissatisfied with the outcome, went to the tribunal to seek redress but his petition was thrown out last Monday (26/10/15) for lack of merits.

Gidado said that Fulani community in the state are ready to collaborate with farmers and other ethnic groups to promote peace and end the problems of cattle rustling, saying, “The new leadership has gone round the 17 councils in the state to hear the challenges confronting its members and used the opportunity to sensitize them on the need to live in peace with farmers and other members of their host community. We educate our members on the need to embrace peace, report any breach of peace to constituted authority and stick to their business peacefully.”

Gidado said, “Fulani community in Plateau State is ready for peace and dialogue with our Berom community and all other ethnic nationalities in the state in resolving the protracted crisis between Fulanis and farmers in the state. We must work together in peace and harmony to achieve the desired peace.”

Gidado, who also commended Governor Simon Lalong for initiating dialogue committee between Fulani and Berom, said, “We believe that the action of Governor Lalong was a good intention to bring peace and harmony in the state. We promise to give our maximum cooperation to the committee to succeed and for permanent peace to reign in our state and the country.”

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