Dailypost reports that the President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed the real reasons behind the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country.
The president revealed the reasons when he received executive members of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, led by its President, Mr Rasaq Jaiyeola, at the State House, Abuja, on Friday.
He said: “It is very clear to all of us that climate change and environmental challenges are major threats to the peace and prosperity of our nation and its citizens.
“In the Niger-Delta region, man-made environmental problems have adversely impacted the livelihoods of the inhabitants. Farmers and fishermen in particular have seen their means of livelihood destroyed.
“Our assessments have shown it will take decades to reverse this damage. But we have made a start. With or without international cooperation, we are starting to clean up our degraded areas, beginning with Ogoni.
“In the North Central region, we are also seeing a significant increase in farmer herdsmen clashes. This trend, which is recurring in many West and Central African nations is as a result of desertification.’’
Buhari stated that the nation had continued to witness unpredictable rain patterns resulting in significant floods across the riverine communities.
He lamented that these floods had destroyed hundreds of homes and farmlands.