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Nigerians disapprove FG's handling of farmers, herdsmen crisis

19 April 2016, 20:38

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 State.

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 this category.

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 interviewed.

Human Rights Watch report the violence has claimed 3 000 lives since 2010.


- CAJ News


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