The chairman of the Governing Board of Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Senator Muhammed Abba Ali, has identified interests and population pressure as the remote cause of the Zamfara conflict.
Senator Aji explained that, hitherto, the now warring parties were living in peace with an arrangement that, farmers will farm during the rainy season, while cattle breeders will graze the land off planting season. “The cattle dunk will constitute manure for the farmers at the next farming season.
“But with the advancement in technology, which has given rise to the invention of all seasons crops, the interest of the farmers, who desires to farm all seasons, and the cattle breeders, who wants to graze their cattle started conflicting.”
Senator Aji gave this explanation, Monday, in Abuja, during the inauguration of the IPCR Technical Committee to understudy the Zamfara conflict.
He maintained that the mandate of the IPCR in Zamfara State is mediatory, explaining that, it will be an interface with other security agencies.
“Establishing the root causes of the conflicts will enable us make appropriate recommendations to the government of how to formulate policy that will deal effectively with the situation.
“Other government agencies like National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and security agencies will be carried along in this assignment.”
Speaking on the necessity of the new move by the IPCR to understudy the Zamfara conflict, the acting girector general of the Institute, Dr Bakut Tsawah Bakut said, in view of the huge resources the federal and state governments is expending on tackling the conflict and criminality, it still persists.
“This exercise has become necessary, in view of the fact that, government at both federal and state levels are spending good fortune on the conflict but there seems to be no respite.
“On our part, we are also worried that despite the Town Hall meetings, as well as the Conflict Early Warning and Early Response Mechanisms put in place since our last Strategic Conflict Assessment in 2016, the criminality still continue.”
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