Seriki Adinoyi in Jos
Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has assured that if given the chance and necessary support, it can put a permanent end to the protracted herders/farmers crisis in Benue State and other states, calling on the federal government, security agencies and other stakeholders to partner with it to put an end to the carnage.
In a statement issued after its National Emergency meeting, and signed by its National President, Alhaji Sale Bayari, GAFDAN observed that some other herdersâ€™ associations have played negative and unhelpful roles which have incited and escalated the crisis in Benue through their provocative, subjudiced utterances while the matter was still in court, adding that â€œthese have elicited threats and reactions from tribal associations in Benue State.
GAFDAN said, â€œOur association, having played no such role, has the confidence of both the herdsmen, the security agencies and the farmers, to intervene as a law-abiding association to put out the fire, douse the tension, and bring about lasting peace to Benue State and other states affected by the bloodletting conflict.â€
The group recalled the role its leader, Bayari played as the secretary of the Sultanâ€™s Tiv farmers/Fulani cattle Rearers Relationship Committee under the chairmanship and co-chairmanship of the Late Emir of Gombe, Alh Shehu Abubakar. and the Late Tor Tiv, Dr. Torkula Akawe respectively, which exhaustively addressed farmers/herders protracted crisisâ€Ž by identifying and proffering peaceful measures to the crisis.
â€œWith this experience, the association believes that it has the capacityâ€Ž to intervene and put in all the necessary measures to ensure that peace and order returns to Benue and other affected states.â€
Describing the monumental loss of lives and collateral damage of property as unacceptable, the group expressed fears that â€œif the crisis is not brought to an end, it could engulf the entire country and results in ethno-socio-religious conflict that politicians may inflame further to cause a national upheaval.â€