President Muhammadu Buhari has said desertification is the cause of clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
Buhari said this on Friday at the State House, Abuja when he received executive members of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) led by its President Rasaq Jaiyeola.
“It is very clear to all of us that climate change and environmental challenges are major threats to the peace and prosperity of our nation and its citizens,” Buhari said.
“In the Niger-Delta region, man-made environmental problems have adversely impacted the livelihoods of the inhabitants.
“Farmers and fishermen, in particular, have seen their means of livelihood destroyed.
“Our assessments have shown it will take decades to reverse this damage. But we have made a start.
“With or without international cooperation, we are starting to clean up our degraded areas, beginning with Ogoni.
“In the North Central region, we are also seeing a significant increase in farmer herdsmen clashes.
“This trend, which is recurring in many West and Central African nations is as a result of desertification.’’