Lagos – A significant number of Nigerians have
expressed dissatisfaction over the federal government's handling of the crisis
between farmers and Fulani herdsmen across some north-central states.
This is according to opinion poll results a rating agency
has recently carried.
The results published on Tuesday indicate five in ten
Nigerians are displeased.
According to NOIPolls, This latest finding corroborates
recent media commentary which has called on the government to urgently
intervene to curb further killings and destruction of lives and properties;
because the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen could escalate into
a national crisis if not properly managed.
NOIPolls said respondents suggested the need for dialogue to
identify and discuss the remote and immediate causes of the crises.
Also read: Government urged to stop killings by Fulani herdsmen
More findings revealed that while about 6 in 10 Nigerians
are aware of the recent conflicts between farmers and herdsmen; residents of
the North-Central zone, the most affected region, accounted for the highest
proportion of Nigerians who are most aware of the conflicts and series of
attacks launched by herdsmen around the region especially in Benue state.
This finding highlights recent news reports on the spate of
attacks in Benue state, which has resulted into hundreds of deaths and
displacement of thousands of citizens residing in the Agatu area of Benue
Finally, about 1 in 4 respondents (25 percent) admitted
knowing people who have been directly affected by the conflict, with the
country's northern region accounting for the largest proportion of Nigerians in
NOIPOlls said the opinion poll was conducted in the week of
April 11, involving telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample.
Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18
years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were
Human Rights Watch report the violence has claimed 3 000
lives since 2010.
- CAJ News