Buhari: Poverty, Injustice & Lack of Jobs responsible for Conflicts in Nigeria

 President Muhammadu Buhari, Advisor Gender, HD Centre, Hajiya khadijath H. Gambo, Africa Regional Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Ms. Meredith Preston McGhie and others during an audience with the centre for Humanitarian Dialogue at the State House in Abuja


President Muhammadu Buhari, Advisor Gender, HD Centre, Hajiya khadijath H. Gambo, Africa Regional Director, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Ms. Meredith Preston McGhie and others during an audience with the centre for Humanitarian Dialogue at the State House in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari said Monday in Abuja that poverty, injustice and the lack of job opportunities were mainly responsible for inter-communal and intra-communal conflicts in Nigeria.

Speaking while receiving a delegation from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, an organization active in the promotion of peace in Nigeria, President Buhari said that to achieve enduring peace in the country, greater effort must be made to eradicate poverty and injustice.

The President described ethnic and religious conflicts in parts of the country as outward manifestations of underlying problems of joblessness, injustice and poverty.

On conflicts between farmers and herdsmen, President Buhari said that a plan to map out grazing areas will soon be presented to the Nigerian Governors Forum as a temporary solution to the frequent conflicts until cattle owners are persuaded to adopt other means of rearing their cattle.

The President commended the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue for the relative peace that had returned to Plateau State as well as their on-going activity in Southern Kaduna.

He agreed with the Centre that dialogue was always preferable to the use of law and order mechanisms and force in the resolution of conflicts.

The Executive Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, David Harland told President Buhari that following their success in facilitating the settlement of the inter-ethnic and inter-religious conflicts in Plateau State, the group had moved to Kaduna State.

He expressed the hope that the techniques used in bringing peace to Plateau State can soon be deployed to deal with the Boko Haram insurgency and other conflicts in Nigeria.

Photo Credit: Presidency

3 Comments on Buhari: Poverty, Injustice & Lack of Jobs responsible for Conflicts in Nigeria
  • Taipan January 26, 2016 at 8:28 am

    We know and you knew before you took over, But do something already …Hian!

  • prince January 26, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    is that how easy it is to do something. This is democracy not a military regime where you just make orders. If he tries anything without due process, he could be impeached.

  • nnenne January 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    We also must stress that poverty to a certain degree is man- made!
    When a man, who doesn’t have much marries so many women, who are economically dependent, locks them up, away from society, makes many children, than he can ever care for, we are creating poverty.
    Public education should go into : need for women economic deliverance, need for monogamy and family planning.
    Let’s call a spade, a spade.

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