By Williams Anuku Abuja
Efforts to restore peace in Southern Kaduna may have started yielding some dividends, as the leadership of Fulani cattle rearers, under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, (MACBAN), has directed members to stop under-aged children from grazing cattle in the state.
The directive, followed observations that some of the damages done to crops in peoples farmlands were as a result of underaged children allowed to graze freely with their cattles, a development that often spurs crisis between farmers and herders.
MACBAN came to the resolution at a meeting which held on Sunday, in Kaduna, where they also agreed to reverse to what it called “our olden days relationship with our neighbouring communities in the area.”
In an 8-point communiqué it signed after the meeting that held at Wonderland Hotel Auditorium, Kafanchan, MACBAN sought the establishment of a joint community peace and security at all levels to monitor and maintain peace among neighboring communities.
The communiqué jointly signed by the Kaduna State MACBAN Chairman, Alhaji Usman Haruna Tugga, State Zone III Chairman, Alhaji Abdulhamid Musa,Director, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Bayero Zango and the state’s Zone III Secretary,Alhaji Shuaibu Mogauri Usman,said the summit which was attended by Ardos and others stakeholders from all the eight local government areas of Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone and beyond, “strongly commended the efforts of Commanders of Operation Safe Haven and all his officers and men for their tireless efforts toward the restoration of peace in southern Kaduna, stressing that they have never seen this kind of efforts from military Commanders before.”
It was also attended by the Security Agencies, Kaduna State Government Officials. Distinguished Senator Danjuma La’ah and Chief Anthony Hassan (Dokajen Jaba) graced the occasion,”the communiqué added.
It read in part “The summit was attended by Ardos and others stakeholders from all the 8 LGAs Areas of Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone and beyond.
” It was also attended by the Security Agencies, Kaduna State Government Officials. Distinguished Senator Danjuma La’ah and Chief Anthony Hassan (Dokajen Jaba) also graced the occasion.
“The summit after all the deliberations it has reached the following resolutions:That we have agreed to reverse to our olden days relationship with our neighbouring communities in the area.
“We are appealing to farmers to allow our cattle graze on recognized cattle routes
“We have agreed to bury our differences and be our brothers keepers henceforth in order to foster development in the area.
“We call on our people to stop allowing the under age children from rearing cattle in order to prevent further destruction of farm produce of the farmers within the area and beyond.
“We also Advised our people to be vigilant and hand over suspected criminals to security agencies that may be found within our communities.
” The summit strongly commended the efforts of Commanders of operation safe haven and all his officers and men for their tireless efforts toward the restoration of peace in southern Kaduna we have never seen this kind of efforts from military commander before.
“Based on this reason we pledged our total support to the security outfits and all its efforts to restore total peace and security in southern kaduna”.