How we resolve Decades Herders/Farmers Clashes in Communities—Kogi Community Leader.
Ufedo Elijah lokoja
As conflicts between Herders and farmers gain currency across the country, the National President of Egume-Ome Descendant Union ( EODU) in Dekina local government area of Kogi state, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim has urged other communities to embrace dialogue and inclusiveness of all parties as a strategy to ending the menace.
He said the application of these strategies helped him a great deal in solving violent clashes between the farmers and Fulani herdsmen in his communities that had lasted more twenty five years with its devastating consequences.
Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim who was elected National president a year ago stated this while receiving Award of Leadership Excellence conferred on him by the Lokoja branch of the union over the weekend.
He noted that the lingering crisis which over the years had led to the loss of lives and property as well as retardation of development in the area is now a thing of the past.
Ibrahim disclosed that as soon as he assumed office he constituted a-9-man committee which worked tirelessly to achieve the success story saying that peace and tranquility under his leadership has returned in Egume Community.
He added that his next line of action is to complement government’s efforts in the fight against kidnapping, robbery and other forms of crimes bedeviling the community.
He warned against youth restiveness and called on the future leaders not to relent in embarking on ventures that would make them productive and useful citizens.
According the National President “My leadership will continue to initiate programmes and activities that would foster unity and bring massive development to Egume”
Meanwhile, the President of the Lokoja branch of the union, Noah Ocheni in his welcome address, maintained that Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim deserved the honour in view of his leadership quality and contributions towards the development of Egume communities.
Ocheni enumerated the National President’s contributions to include payment of school fees of the 10 best students of Government Secondary School, Egume, provision of ICT Center, computers and calculators to facilitate effective teaching and learning in the institution.
A two time Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who hails from Egume in the Eastern Senatorial District of Kogi state, Senator Nicholas Ugbane was also at the event honoured with a Distinguished Award .
Mr. Patrick Ogwu was awarded the Best Teacher of the year. Mr. J.K. Umoru an illustrious son of the community was also among the recipients.
Responding to the awards, the best Teachers , Mr. J.K Umoru said , he never knew that his modest contribution to the nurturing of the future leaders could catch the attention of his Community that warrant them honouring him
He promised to rededicated his service to his fatherland and advise others not to relent in contributing their quota to the upliftment of their society.