The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has said compensating herdsmen is one way to “calm” the raging crisis between herdsmen and the farmers.
This advice from the MACBAN comes just a few days after the people of Benue state held a mass burial for over 70 indigenes who were allegedly murdered by herdsmen.
Baba Ngelzarma, National Secretary of MACBAN said this during a briefing with newsmen on Sunday, in the nation’s capital where issues pertaining to the rift between farmers and herdsmen was discussed.
“We call on the government to pay compensation to victims of all crises to reduce their level of suffering.
“If the government accepts that, it is left for them to establish a committee that will go and access the level of damage.
“We have a document of members that were affected by the pastoralists in the North-East but what we discovered is that none of them were captured in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) programme because they are not sedentary.
“Let the government compensate. That will help calm the situation very well,’’ he said.
“We submit ourselves for any positive participation to restore mutual and harmonious relationship in the country.
“We dissociate ourselves from any other group or individual that is out to foment trouble in the country.
“We demand for immediate disarmament of all illegally armed militias across the country in the interest of peace, security and stability,’’ he said.