Reflections on cattle ranching

November 17, 2021 Blueprint 0

The intractable herder-farmer conflict got us scratching our heads for solutions and of course, they came in thick and fast on the strength of the threat the issue poses to the country. Finally, an overarching livestock reform initiative under the banner of National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) was unveiled and hardly had Nigerians put a handle to it than a Read More

El-rufai to Southern govs: Anti open-grazing law unimplementable

September 21, 2021 Bode Olagoke 0

Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, has responded to the new law banning Open-grazing in the Southern states of Nigeria, saying such law is not implementable presently. Some southern states like Ondo, Oyo, Lagos, Enugu and Osun, among others have passed anti open gracing law. But speaking with newsmen Tuesday after a meeting with officials of the All progressives Congress (APC) Read More

Plateau: Despite curfew, gunmen kill 5 in Bassa, Lalong meets Fulani, Irigwe leaders

August 19, 2021 Muhammad Tanko Shittu 0

Five people have been reported killed at the hinter land of Bassa local government area of Plateau state, despite a dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the locality. Secretary General of Irigwe Development Association, Mr. Danjuma Auta, in a statement said on Tuesday night, one of their villages, Chando-Zrrechi (Tafi-Gana) was attacked by suspected Fulani herders. “Five people have been Read More

Group demands Ortom’s resignation as Benue governor

May 6, 2021 Editor 0

Group asks Ortom to resign over poor governance in Benue State The Coalition for Truth and Justice (CTJ) has called on Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State to resign over “poor performance and gross ineptitude.” In a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Hwande Titus Akase, on Wednesday, the group said the governor has failed to provide credible leadership since assuming Read More

The Maradi rail solution to food inflation

April 12, 2021 Jerry Uwah 0

Nigeria’s surging food inflation is something of grave concern to the whole world. Millions are already starving. Food inflation in the month of February stood menacingly at 21.7 per cent. The March figure would be more frightening as food stocks wane with distance from the last harvest.Three key factors feature prominently in Nigeria’s worsening food security crisis. The first is Nigeria’s Read More

Nigeria’s nationhood: Shasa, food blockade and their lessons

March 17, 2021 Prof MK Othman 0

Right from pre-independence to date, the question of Nigeria’s unity has always been on the top agenda of our nationhood. As always, we play the ostrich instead of facing the painful reality of our existence as a nation and how to strengthen and reinforce the weak pillars supporting our nationhood. Our hypocrisy went beyond the bound when some years back; Read More

Reps’ intervention on arms procurement funds

March 16, 2021 Editorial IV 0

Late last week, there were widespread media reports, citing the National Security Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari, Babagana Monguno, alleging that no records of arms procurement under the immediate past service chiefs were available, suggesting that the funds may have been misappropriated. JOSHUA EGBODO writes on implications of the immediate intervention of the House of Representatives  The reportThe National Security Read More

Ortom should apologise to Bauchi gov – Kawule

February 23, 2021 Najib Sani 0

The deputy speaker of the Bauchi state House of Assembly, Danlami Kawule, has reacted to the statement credited to the Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, suggesting that governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state is supporting terrorism. Recall that Governor Mohammed recently defended the Fulani herders carrying weapons, claiming that they were compelled to do so because of the attacks they Read More

Herders: Northern coalition backs Bauchi gov

February 20, 2021 AbdulRaheem Aodu 0

The Coalition of Northern Organisation (CON), a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO )has supported Governor Bala Mohammed over his comments that Fulani herdsmen need to carry arms to defend themselves from banditry, kidnapping, and cattle rustling.  Speaking in Kaduna on Saturday, Convener of CON, Malam Idris Umar Goga, condemned the recent quit notice reportedly issued to Fulani herders in some Southwest states declaring Read More

Farmers/herders crisis: Stop inciting Nigerians against Fulani herders – Group

February 17, 2021 John Oba 0

Some middle-belt leaders have denounced Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over his persistent attacks on President Muhammadu Buhari. The group, under the auspices of the Middle Belt Conscience Guard (MBCG), warned the governor to focus on governance rather than habitually incite Nigerians against Fulani herders. The MBCG, at a press conference on Tuesday in Abuja, described Ortom’s assaults on Read More

Why herders should carry arms – Bala Mohammed

February 12, 2021 Editor 0

Governor of Bauchi state Bala Mohammed has said Fulani herders have no option but to carry AK-47 for self-defence because they are being attacked and killed by cattle rustlers. He also condemned South West, South-East Governors, and also Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State over the manner in which they are handling farmer-herder clashes. “The Fulani man is practicing the Read More

Pandemonium as hoodlums invade Police division, injure one, set vehicles ablaze in Ebonyi

February 5, 2021 Amarachukwu EgwuAgha 0

Hoodlums suspected to be members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Friday attacked Onicha Police Divisional Headquarters, Isu, Onicha local government area, Ebonyi state. They set ablaze part of the building and about four patrol  vehicles in the station. A statement released by the state Police Public Relations officer, DSP Loveth Odah, said the hoodlums which inflicted machete injury on a police officer had sent a threat alleging Read More

On abolishment of grazing by children

February 2, 2021 Blueprint 0

There have been several calls from leaders and the masses from Southern Nigeria to abolish the peripatetic grazing business due to the challenges and setbacks resulting in herders and farmers clashes and other forms of insecurity. We can’t dispel the brio,verve and industry of an average Fulani herder. Their brinkmanship is awesome but the brigandage in the ruffians in their Read More

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Community appeals to IGP, CP over herders’ palaver

February 28, 2020 Editorial III 0

The youth of Issele-Azagba community in Aniocha North local government area of Delta state have appealed to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Adamu, and the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, to establish a police division in the area order to end killings by herdsmen. The youth in their hundreds made the appeal Thursday while protesting against Read More

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Breaking: FG bows, suspends ‘Ruga arrangement’ for Herdsmen

July 3, 2019 Editor 0

The federal government has just suspended the controversial Ruga settlements for herdsmen across the country. Though Blueprint is yet to get official confirmation, but it was gathered that the suspension is coming after Nigerians of different social, religious strata raised serious concerns concerning the proposed project. There have been concerns over killings in parts of the country as a result Read More

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2 herders, over 300 cows killed in Plateau

May 1, 2019 Editorial III 0

Plateau state chairman of Meyyiti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), said two herders were confirmed killed on Monday at Kwal area of Bassa local government area of the state. Military authorities, in charge of Operation Safe Haven (OPHS), in the State have also confirmed the incident though could not give figures.  MACBAN Chairman, Malam Nura Abdullahi, said: “two Read More

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Police evacuate Taraba Catholic Seminary after herders’ attack

May 29, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The police have evacuated a Catholic Seminary in Taraba state following an invasion of the premises by suspected herdsmen. The state Commissioner of Police, David Akinremi, told Premium Times yesterday that the attack occurred in Jalingo, the state capital, at about 12.30am. He blamed suspected herdsmen who had previously had a dispute with the management of the Seminary over their Read More

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Herders kill 3 in Benue

May 18, 2018 Editorial IV 0

At least three persons have been killed and many others still missing in a renewed attack by Fulani herdsmen on communities in Ukemberagya, Gaambe-Tiev in Logo local government area of Benue state. The attack is happening barely 24 hours after Vice President Yemi Osibanjo left the state, after a two day working visit. The vice president had during the visit Read More

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Herders/farmers’ conflicts: Has media failed?

May 17, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Media plays a very important role in society, reporting on a wide variety of topics and creating powerful personalities who are relied upon for sources of information and informed commentaries. The importance of the media was apparently what Thomas Carlyle, 19th Century British author, had in mind when he wrote that writing gives people “a tongue which others will listen Read More

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Nigeria as a thought fare for killer herders, by Majeed Dahiru

April 26, 2018 Editorial IV 0

There are about 20 armed groups operating in Nigeria, necessitating a string of military operations and exercises in about 30 out 36 states of the federation. From “Operation Lafia Dole” that is battling Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast to “Operation Awatse” that was launched to tackle militant activities sabotaging oil pipe lines and other infrastructure in the Southwest and Read More

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Kwara gov appoints aide on Fulani affairs

April 25, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Kwara state Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved the appointment of Abdul-Azeez Muhammad as Special Assistant, Fulani Affairs, to represent Miyetti Allah Breeders Association in his administration. The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Isiaka Gold, made this known in a statement issued yesterday in Ilorin, the state capital. He explained that the appointment was driven by Governor Ahmed’s commitment to Read More

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Again, herders attack Benue community, kill 2 priests, 17 others

April 25, 2018 Blueprint 0

Two Catholic priests and 17 others were yesterday killed when Fulani herdsmen early morning attacked Catholic Church/ Parishioners who went for 5.30am Mass in a village at Ayar Mbalom in Gwer East local government area of Benue state. The priests killed were named to include Rev. Fathers Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha serving at St. Ignatius Quasi Parish, UkporMbalom. The Read More

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‘Nigeria risks food insufficiency with farmers, herders ‘clashes’

April 14, 2018 Blueprint 0

Mr. Shedrack Madlion is the Chief Executive Officer of Safari 54 Integrated Farms in Kaduna; he is also an agricultural investor. In this interview with TOPE SUNDAY and KEHINDE OSASONA, he speaks on the farmers and herders’ clashes and their negative impact on the Nigerian economy, among other issues. Nigeria is faced with the challenges of incessant clashes between herders Read More