Oshiomhole warns Fulani herdsmen, farmers against crisis
Worried by the growing crisis between Fulani herdsmen and farmers over grazing lands, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has warned both sides to maintain the peace, or face the wrath of the law.
The governor, who spoke during a stakeholders’ meeting aimed at finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the state, noted that the stakeholders parley became necessary, because if not properly managed, it could “escalate beyond what we can manage quietly.”
According to Oshiomhole, the state government “will prosecute any rapist, kidnapper, or rustler who takes people’s cows.”
He acknowledged that all the stakeholders, “whether royal fathers, farmers, Fulani herdsmen, agreed that neither rape, robbery, destruction of farms, rustling of cattle is acceptable.”
He therefore, canvassed the cooperation of all, in “ensuring that we put an end to any of these practices, so that all of us can continue to live together in peace, harmony and insecurity.”
The governor restated that in every conflict, there is always an oppressor, and someone to blame, adding that if all the parties approach the solution option with honest intentions, there would be peace.
He said, “It is clear that Nigeria can only explore ways and means of living together; not ways of how not to live together, by creating small islands.”