From: Babatunde Ibrahim, Abuja
Rights group, Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency (CESJET), has written to the United States Embassy and the British High Commission over the lingering bloody clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria.
Executive Secretary of the group, Isaac Ikpa, in the letter called on US and UK to assist the Federal Government to identify those that have looted the treasury and kept them outside the nation.
Ikpa said the ongoing conflict has cost Nigeria at least $16 billion in potential revenues annually.
In the letter, the right group lamented over needless killings of innocent Nigerians as a result of clashes between herders and farmers.
According to them, it could have been averted if the N100bn allegedly approved by the immediate past government was put to use by concerned individuals.
“We are by this letter seeking the urgent intervention of the United Nations, the Ambassador of the United States of America, and the British High Commissioner in the frequent herdsmen and farmers conflict that has engulfed some parts of country in recent times.
“The increasing clashes between farmers and pastoralists have recently become worrisome, especially in wetland areas of the Middle Belt, and North Central Nigeria.
“Farmers have accused the Fulani herdsmen of failing to control their cattle and of damaging crops. In turn, the Fulani accuse farmers of stealing their cattle. With an estimated death toll of approximately 2,000 to 3000 between 2016 to date, the clashes are becoming as potentially dangerous as the Boko Haram insurgency in the north-east,” Ikpa added.
He appealed to the international community to assist the government to extradit unpatriotic Nigerians that have caused untold human and economic losses through their actions and inactions.