By Oluwatomisin Amokeoja
Nigeria’s herder-farmer conflict could escalate to wider violence if Federal and State governments fail to implement the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP), the International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned.
In a new 26-page report published on its website on Tuesday, titled: ‘Ending Nigeria’s Herder-Farmer Crisis: The Livestock Reform Plan‘, the Brussels-based global conflict research and prevention organisation described the NLTP as the “most comprehensive strategy yet” towards ending herder-farmer violence which has claimed thousands of lives in the country in recent years.
Launched in January 2019 and designed to run till 2028, the plan was initiated by the Federal Government, following consultations with States under the National Economic Council, which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The ICG said the NLTP seeks to encourage pastoralists to switch to sedentary livestock production…