Femi Adesina, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity has admitted that the farmers-herders clashes in Nigeria have gone higher in degree than was obtainable in the past.
He also noted that the issue of the farmers/herders clash is as old as the country and called on citizens not to speak about the @ matter as though it was brought in by the President Buhari administration.
Adesina featured on an ARISE News programme, The Morning Show where he said that while the degree of the crisis may have escalated than it was in the past, the federal government is working towards resolving the issues instigating the crisis.
“The farmers/herders issue is older than those of us speaking, older than I, older than you. It has always been there. The degree may have escalated more than it was in the past, but it has always been there,” Adesina told ARISE News.
“We don’t need to carry on as though it’s a new development that came with this administration. It had always been there. Is the government working to resolve it? yes, it is working to resolve it.
“What happened recently in the southwest is one of the ways that will lead to a resolution. There was a conversation, there was a meeting of minds, governors met with stakeholders from different sides of the divide and you will see that after that meeting, tension went down considerably and that is the kind of thing that will ultimately lead to a solution.
“It’s not as if hands were folded and the issues were allowed to fester. The issue is as old as the country, if not older. Yes, it has gone higher in degree, but we are nearer the solution rather than the problem itself.”
By Abel Ejikeme
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