As part of efforts to curtail security challenges in the country, the Federal Government delegation on Friday behind closed doors met with the national leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
The delegation of the federal government was led by the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who said the meeting with the MACBAN leaders in Birnin Kebbi was part of the regional action plan on security challenges.
Dambazau who noted that it is part of steps taken to curtail the issue of insecurity and clashes between herdsmen and farmers said the federal government has extended the meeting as a regional one when the Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) hosted a conference on it.
At the meeting was also Kebbi state governor, Atiku Bagudu and the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Muhammad Adamu.
“These kinds of issues were discussed, and part of it was to provide national action plan on security challenges and solutions by all the members of the ECOWAS Commission and to present them for consideration.
“That is the main reason we have come to Kebbi State to dialogue with leaders of herdsmen as part of the process,’’ he said.
Dambazaufurther stated that another aspect of the meeting was to ensure the provision of food security in the country.
Also speaking, the Acting Inspector-General of Police, who noted that the issue of insecurity in the country was beyond herdsmen and farmers’ crisis said criminals have infiltrated into the crisis, and there is a need for cooperation to deal decisively with the culprits.
“Those criminals that are beyond redemption will be dealt with and brought them to book,” Adamu said.
Governor Bagudu, who commended the Federal Government for selecting the state as the host on the interaction with stakeholders on national security and food sufficiency in the country. said it shows the seriousness of President Muhammadu Buhari administration in tackling the security challenges in the country.
The President of MACBAN, Alhaji Muhammad Kiruwa, commended the Federal Government for sending the security delegation to interact with leaders of the association, saying it is the first of its kind in the history of this country for a president of the country to direct his security aids to interact with an aggrieved party to air their views.
“This meeting will serve as a foundation for peace between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers, and amongst the Fulanis themselves,” Kiruwa said.
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He assured the Federal Government of their support and cooperation in finding a lasting solution to lingering security challenges in the country.
Other members of the delegation are Director -General, Department of the State Security Services (DSS), Alhaji Yusuf Bichi; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Alhaji Ahmed Rufai, among others.