Disturbed by the incessant killings by invading Fulani herdsmen in some local government areas of Benue State, a paramount ruler in the state, Chief Daniel Abomtse, has called on the Federal Government to enact policies to curb incessant Fulani menace.
Chief Abomtse who spoke to localgovernmentscope shortly after a peace meeting between Benue and Nasarawa states in Makurdi, to fashion out ways to curb the incursion of Fulani mayhem in the two states, called on the National Assembly to include into the constitutional review grey areas bordering on the Fulani menace.
It would be recalled that Guma, Gwer West, Makurdi and Agatu local government areas of the state were in the firm grip of Fulani attack leading to many lives lost and property worth several millions destroyed.
The traditional ruler explained that Nigeria needed to settle the issue of settler-indigene dichotomy so as to give Nigerian citizens the right to live anywhere in the country.
The traditional ruler also called on government to balance all forms of politically discriminations to promote inter-ethnic interactions, adding that the the constitution should be amended to protect the land tenure system from abuse.
The monarch urged President Goodluck Jonathan to evolve policies and program that would reduce poverty and increase agricultural production which remained the mainstay of the majority rural dwellers.
He also urged the ECOWAS protocols to convene a special conference on ways to help settle the Fulani in their states in West Africa.
Speaking on the invasion of the Tiv farmers and villages by the herdsmen, Chief Abomtse blamed the heinous attitude on the visit or nomads Fulanis; noting that before now, the Tiv and Fulani relationship used to be cordial as the two groups engaged in inter-marriages with the resident Fulanis.
Abomtse further suggested the need to make the visiting Fulanis to know the difference between pasture and farm crops and the need to live under the authority of their host communities and under the supervision of local government authorities as well as the law enforcement agents.
He advised the Fulanis in Benue and Nasarawa states to re-establish their own conflict resolving rituals to foster peace from antiquity so that peace shall reign and the sinister agenda of occupation be abandoned forever.