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In recent times, the negative reportage attracted by Fulani herdsmen seems to have grown geometrically.
Since January 2016, about 10 Agatu communities in Benue State have suffered unprecedented hardship in the hands of men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. About 500 Agatu villagers have reportedly lost their lives to the herdsmen.
On April 19, residents of 25 local government areas in Delta State grounded activities on the Benin-Asaba Expressway, protesting the killing of 23 people by the nomadic herdsmen. On the same day, farmers in Lagun, Iyana Offa, Offa, Atagba, Lapata and their surrounding communities in Lagelu Local government area of Oyo State reported that they were attacked by herdsmen who also stole valuables from them. About a week before the protest in Delta and the attack in Oyo, the herdsmen had clashed with farmers in Gashaka Local Government Area and killed about 15 people.
The examples are just a few of so many.
The basic cause of the clashes is that the herdsmen need access to pasture to graze their livestock. However, many times, their cattle get unruly, trample and destroy crops cultivated land, causing severe loss to farmers.
The herdsmen must feed their cattle; the farmers must plant their crops undisturbed. That is the dilemma.
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Source: Punch News