Following the raging feud between the Fulani herdsmen and farmers in
Nigeria, the Consulate General of the United State in Lagos has waded
in with a view to finding lasting solution to the lingering crisis,
especially in the South western region of the country.
The Consulate, in partnership with a Non-Governmental Organisation
(NGO), The Strength in Diversity Development Centre, took the first
step in Lagos by arranging a meeting with the Sarkin Fulani of Lagos
and Chairman, Association of Fulani Chiefs, South-west Nigeria, Alhaji
The meeting, which was hosted by Bambado in his palace in Surulere,
Lagos, focused on the current clashes between the Fulani Herdsmen and
Farmers especially in the South-west of Nigeria.
The US team was led by the Economic and Political Chief at the
Consulate office in Lagos, Mr. Thomas Hines and the Deputy Consul
General, Mr. Jeffrey M. Willey and were accompanied by the Political
Officer, Luckett Meghan.
The president and Co-Executive Director of the Strength in Diversity
Development Centre, Imam Shefiu Abdul-Kareem Majemu, who facilitated
the meeting, said the main aim of the parley was to “further
facilitate a reconciliation meeting among the ethnic and warring
groups with a view to bringing the current situation under total
According to him, the team has promised to facilitate dialogue fora
where the farmers and the Fulani Chiefs could meet from time to time
to interact and discuss issues within themselves and thereby seek for
amicable ways of settling dispute.
The team told the local chiefs (Sarkis) the US commitment to working
with relevant institutions to find urgent solution to the crisis in
The host, Alhaji Bambado thanked his guests for their thoughtfulness
about Nigeria and stated that any efforts geared towards dousing the
tension the crisis is causing would be embraced by them. ELANZANEWS.M