The Emir of Lafia and chairman, Nasarawa state Council of Chiefs, retired Justice Sidi Bage, has attributed the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen to encroaching desertification in the country.
The traditional ruler said this Tuesay when he hosted participants of Senior Course 42 of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna state, in Lafia.
According to the emir, the near absence of forest, grazing reserves, cattle routes as well as inconsistency in government policies as some of the factors responsible for clashes between farmers and herders.
Bage, who went down memory lane to recount the historical background of the emirate councils, said forests were properly maintained, thus exposing the beauty of nature.
On the recent establishment of Agro Rangers by the federal government, the emir said it would help in ensuring that both the farmers and herders lived in peace.
He, however, urged the participants to use the outcome of their study to improve on national security.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Air Commodore, Hassan Idris-Alhaji, said they were in the state to assess the contributions of the state and local governments in enhancing national security.
He said traditional rulers were the backbone of peace and security in the country.
Air Commodore Idris-Alhaji further said the participants were in the palace to get the emir’s royal blessings as well as his fatherly advice for enhanced security.