The Federal Government has set up a team to mediate with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) with a view to ending herdsmen’s attacks on farmers in the country.Headed by Ebony State Governor Dave Umahi, the team’s other members are: Governors Simon Lalong (Plateau), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Darius Ishaku (Taraba), Jibrilla Bindo (Adamawa) and Abdullaziz Yari (Zamfara).
The move followed a three-hour meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, yesterday. At the closed-door session were the Minister of Interior General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd), his counterpart in the Ministry of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, and Deputy Governors Benson Abounu (Benue) and Moses Adeyemo (Oyo).
Osinbajo had, recently, stressed President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to bring the crisis to a stop. “Much damage has been done, not just security-wise, but also to the psyche of the people. Due to the series of attacks, people are afraid. We are looking at repairing the damage that has been done to the infrastructure of the communities and rehabilitating the people,” he had stated.