EU urges constructive dialogue over pastoralist crisis in Nigeria

Pastoralists in Nigeria capital city, Abuja
Pastoralists in Nigeria capital city, Abuja

The European Union (EU) Heads of Mission on Tuesday expressed concern over what it described as escalating and disturbing killings in the conflict involving herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria.

A statement in Abuja by the Media Officer to the EU delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mr Modestus Chukwulaka, urged the Nigerian government to bring perpetrators of violence of any kind to book

The mission heads, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for visiting the affected states.

The EU therefore called on the government and stakeholders to engage decisively to promote a constructive dialogue between the feuding parties.

According to the mission, this should be done to find viable solutions and sustainable economic policies that would permit all to live in peace.

“As a first step, the perpetrators of violence must be brought to justice. The EU confirms its full support to the Nigerian government and people in their fight against violence in all its forms.

“The EU also expresses its condolences and sympathy to the families of those killed and injured,” the statement said