Why we want Fulani Herdsmen to return to Agatu – Ortom’s appointee, Mike Inalegwu
The Sole Administrator of Agatu Local Government Area, Mr Mike Inalegwu has revealed why the state government wants the Fulani Herdsmen to return to the area.
According to Inalegwu who has been under fire for signing an agreement on behalf of the people of Agatu with the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen from Nasarawa, the development would create room for the Fulani herdsmen to graze in the community without rancour.
Inalegwu made this known at Obagaji during the peace meeting with Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue and Tanko Al Makura of Nasarawa State.
He added that although Agatu had lost 5,500 lives since the outbreak of the bloody conflicts between the Agatu farmers and the Fulani herdsmen in the past, the people of Agatu were willing and prepared to cohabit with the Fulani in an atmosphere of peace and mutual trust.
He explained that the agreement entailed that “unarmed herdsmen from Nasarawa State would be allowed entry into Ad’apati Island in Agatu to graze their cow and not for the purposes of residence.
“It also provides that no herdsman is allowed to graze beyond the Island while they would be held accountable for destruction done to any farmland or produce within or in any nearby Island other than Ad’apati.
“Moreover, herdsmen would not be allowed to cross to Agatu hinterland until normalcy is restored and by extension, neither Agatu nor the herdsmen will be allowed to carry arms and dangerous weapons to the area.”
Ortom had during the week urged the people of Agatu to give peace a chance and cohabit with indigenous Fulani herdsmen, as was the case in the past.