Nigeria’s President Tinubu Creates Ministry of Livestock Development to End Herders-Farmers Clashes

© AP Photo / Sunday Aghaeze

The conflict between herders and farmers, fueled by factors like climate change and expanding agriculture, has resulted in tragic loss of life and instability in many parts of Nigeria. The new ministry represents a fresh approach to resolving this issue.

Nigerian President Bola Tinubu has established a new Federal Ministry of Livestock Development in a bid to resolve the longstanding conflict between herders and farmers in Nigeria.

The move, announced during the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on Livestock Reforms, reflects Tinubu’s belief that a dedicated ministry can address this pressing issue and unlock the potential of livestock in stimulating economic growth in the West African country.

“Who says the solution is far? I say, ‘No, the solution is here’. Majority of you have great experience, and you want Nigeria to prosper,” he told the meeting. “To enable Nigeria to finally take advantage of livestock farming, we have seen the solution and opportunity for this adversity that has plagued us over the years, and I believe the prosperity is here in our hands.”

The committee, chaired by Tinubu and co-chaired by the former head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega, will work to propose solutions for peaceful coexistence, ensuring the security and economic well-being of Nigerians.

This initiative is the culmination of a year-long effort that included a national conference on livestock reforms and a report outlining 21 recommendations, including the creation of a dedicated ministry.

The president noted that the government is committed to acquiring land to facilitate peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers.

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