Metro Fulani Herdsmen/farmers clashes: Only Dialogue can Bring Lasting Peace - Gen Awgai



A former Chief of Defence Staff, retitred Lt.-Gen. Martin-Luther Agwai, has emphasised the need for dialogue to end the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.

Agwai, the Chairman of the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Nasarawa State on Friday.

He said that community leaders must seek dialogue as a means of resolving the differences that existed in their various settlements.

NAN reports that Agwai accompanied the Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, who was on an inspection tour of Loko-Oweto bridge project site in Nasarawa and Benue.

Agwai said other measures put in place by government and other stakeholders could be useful but maintained that lasting peace was only possible through dialogue.

``You can defend yourselves, fight the invaders, run from your homes and do other things but the truth is that only dialogue can truly resolve your differences.

``These people have been living together in peace for a long time and have suddenly taken up arms against each other.

``The problem can only be addressed through dialogue, the parties must come to a round table and discuss on the way forward,’’ he said.

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