About five in ten Nigerians are dissatisfied with the way government handled the crisis between farmers and Fulani herdsmen across some north-central states of the country; this is according to the latest opinion poll by NOI Polls.
“About 50 per cent think that government has not done enough to respond to the conflict, expecting a quicker response, especially to the recent issues of the Agatu killings, but that was not seen,” said Bell Ihua, CEO of NOI Polls.
“First thing is first, it is important to lay some foundation – the issue of conflicts between herdsmen and farmers are not new, a report released in 2013 by the Human Rights Watch, revealed that between 2010 and 2013, over 3 000 had been killed by conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.
The issue of the Agatu conflict and killings lead to hundreds of deaths and Ihua reckons if it is not curbed it could escalate and that is why government has stepped up.
“That is why we think the government is in line now, risen up to say ‘okay we are going to send the military into the areas and we are going to call for dialog’.”
When NOI asked Nigerians what they think should have been done they said the government should have had better dialogue and that is a major issue and that it should be providing grazing reserves so that the Fulani herdsmen can have somewhere their cattle can graze, access to water and ensure that these are properly managed.
NOI Poll will be looking into the popularity of government soon, says Ihua.
“We have been polling monthly since this government came into power and we’ll be releasing a report soon when the government marks a year anniversary, so you can look out for that.”