By Ogbolu George with agency report
National Patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Wali Jibril, has said that the recent violence in Mambilla Plateau area of Taraba had no religious or tribal links.
He disclosed this while speaking with journalists on Saturday in Jalingo, after a meeting with Governor Darius Ishaku.
”From the information we have gathered, the crisis had no religious or tribal links; inadequate land for farmers and grazers led to the conflict because the wealthy people have bought majority of the land on the Plateau.
”The remaining land is not enough for both farmers and grazers; but instead of venting their anger on the wealthy individuals that have bought over the lands, they resorted to fighting among themselves which resulted in the loss of lives and property, including animals,” Jibril said.
The MACBAN patron, who is also the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees, said that he was in the state for a fact-finding mission on the fracas.
He appealed to those fueling the crisis to turn a new leaf so as to avoid the wrath of the law.
Jibril praised the state government for its efforts in containing the situation, saying that negative reports published in the social media were false and “mischievously intended to further escalate the crisis”.
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