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Buhari Blames Conflicts On Unemployment, Injustice Others

Tony  Ailemen, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, identified poverty, injustice and the lack of job opportunities as the main cause of  inter-communal and intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria.

The President stated this at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, when he received a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organization active in the promotion of peace in Nigeria.

A Statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, declared that the President said greater effort must be made to eradicate  poverty and injustice, to achieve  enduring peace in the country,

The President described ethnic and religious conflicts in parts of the country as outward manifestations of underlying  problems of joblessness, injustice and poverty.

On conflicts between farmers and herdsmen,  President Buhari said that a plan to map out grazing areas will soon be  presented to the Nigerian Governors Forum as a temporary solution to the frequent conflicts until cattle owners are persuaded to adopt other means of rearing their cattle.

The President commended the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue  for the relative peace that had returned to Plateau State as well as their on-going activity in Southern Kaduna. 

He agreed with the Centre that dialogue was always preferable  to the use of law and order mechanisms  and force in the resolution of conflicts.

The Executive Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, David Harland told President Buhari  that following their success in facilitating the  settlement of the inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in Plateau State, the group had moved to Kaduna State. 

He expressed the hope that the techniques used in bringing peace to Plateau State can soon be  deployed to deal with the Boko Haram insurgency and other conflicts in Nigeria.

y Ailemen, Abuja



    So many things are responsible for conflicts but in this write up, Mr. President identified poverty, injustice and the lack of job opportunities to be the main ones within his country. To be able to identify them means they should be possible to fix before they result in greater crisis. I hope the strategy he referred to could be used to fix the numerous issues in Nigeria.

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