The president of Nigeria, Bola Tinubu, has accused his predecessors of failing to end the ongoing farmers/herders conflict in the country.
This was declared by Tinubu on Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of a presidential commission tasked with reforming the livestock sector and finding lasting solutions to the ongoing conflicts between farmers and herders.
The committee was formed after the National Conference on Livestock Reforms and Mitigation of Associated Conflicts in Nigeria submitted its report.
It is not the fault of farmers and herders that this problem has continued, Tinubu stated during his speech at the occasion. It is the leadership’s fault for not coming up with quick fixes to their issues. It takes both thinking and action to be a leader.
“Out of every tragedy, if you look carefully, you will see an opportunity,” the president concluded. This conflict has been present for some time. We are aware that it is a domestic issue. People find it quite difficult to abandon their conventional, established habits.
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“In 2018, I made an effort to solve this issue, but it was unsuccessful. But someone once told me never to quit up, and today I think the answer is right here.
The expense of buying the land will be totally covered by the federal government. As new educational prospects for herders’ children and themselves arise, these opportunities will give our veterinarians gainful employment while also creating doors for the private sector. A medical infrastructure will be built. We have an opportunity that could change our lives.
“Consider if we could supply our schoolchildren with enough milk. Imagine that we start to export cheese and yoghurt on a net basis. Think about how much skin we could produce if Nigeria had a significant leather industry. Think about the jobs we could create by offering cold storage facilities around the country. According to a statement from his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, the president stated that these things are now within our grasp.
On May 29, 2023, President Tinubu succeeded Muhammadu Buhari, as was previously mentioned. Goodluck Jonathan was succeeded by Buhari after he won the 2015 presidential election.