By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
The Chairman, Committee on Farmers/Herders Crisis set up by the Ministry of Defence, Brig.-Gen. Umar Mohammed Ibrahim has chided the lukewarm attitude of the Zamfara State towards the committee.
Gen. Ibrahim, who led the eight-member committee to Zamfara for consultation with stakeholders on modalities for addressing lingering security challenges in the state, said the absence of the state government officials is condemnable.
“In all the states visited, we had good interaction with relevant stakeholders”, he said.
He said the Defence Ministry constituted the committee to look into the farmers/herders crises, particularly in Taraba, Benue, Nasarawa, Katsina and Zamfara.
“The committee is partnering state governments on finding lasting solutions to farmers/headers crises in parts of the country,” he said.
Gen. Ibrahim said they were in Zamfara for consultation with stakeholders on modalities for addressing lingering security challenges in the state.
“We have taken this tour to Taraba followed by Benue, Nasarawa, Kastina and here we are in Zamfara today. We are going to compile our report to the Minister of Defence for implementation,” he said.
Ibrahim called for effective synergy from all stakeholders in order to support government’s efforts in addressing the security challenges facing the state.
The committee comprises National President, Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Alhaji Muhammad Kiruwa; National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN), Mr Ibrahim Kabiru and representatives of the Presidency and Defence Intelligence Agency.
In a reaction, the Zamfara State Government represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Abdullahi Shinkafi blamed break in communication for the absence of the government officials.
Shinkafi said the Zamfara State government was committed at bringing the killings, cattle rustling and kidnapping to an end.