Leaders of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Enugu state and those of All Farmers Association of Nigeria have signed a pact aimed at ensuring peaceful co-existence.
Southeast Chairman of Miyetti Allah, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said the meeting was to dismiss insinuations that herdsmen were in the Southeast state to terrorise host communities.
“The essence of this meeting is to bring farmers and herders together for interaction so that we will know ourselves as well as dispel rumour that we are here to terrorise,” he said.
“We are here to feed our cattle. This meeting will bring us together so that farmers will feel at home when they see cattle breeders.
“The cattle breeders will equally take members of their host communities as their brothers and sisters.”
He said any issue beyond the groups’ leaders would be directed to the Central Peace Committee at the state level.
On his part, chairman of the farmers’ body Sunny Watarali said the meeting ushered in better understanding between the groups.
He said, “The grey areas have been sorted out. Both parties are to respect each other; respect the culture.
“For example, you do not carry cows to urinate in the river. This is the source of drinking water.
“Again, if for any reason the cow does anything wrong, our people should be patient and report, rather than resorting to self-help.
“If we can do that, such mutuality will bring about better understanding and peace.”