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Peacebuilding: Let Love Rule more in 2024- JDPMC urges Osun farmers & pastoralists

In a proactive initiative to tackle the persistent crisis among farmers and herders due to farm damages caused by cows, especially at the peak of the dry season, the Rural Development Programme (RUDEP) of the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC) of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, has advised farmers and herders to embrace peaceful coexistence in the interest of the overall community peace and development.

Speaking on the theme of the radio Programme “Peaceful co-existence between Farmers and Herders; a Panacea for Community and Agricultural Development” Morenike, the Head of Programme for ‘RUDEP’ in her wealth of experience, advocated for open dialogue and mutual understanding between Farmers and Herders to promote harmony within the agricultural community by proactively tackling potential causes of conflict and the subjects (Farmers and Herders), particularly, during the dry season.

Onaolapo gave the advice while participating on a weekly radio programme tagged ‘Idagbasoke’ sponsored by the Justice Development and Peace Makers’ Centre of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo on OSBC Radio 104.5FM

She sheds light on causes of conflicts among farmers and herders with active participation of the general public through live phone in session. Some of the suggested causes participatorily shared were night grazing, repeated/deliberate farm invasion by pastoralists, use of young/underage shepherds, wrong accusation of innocent pastoralists due to non-identification of farm invasion perpetrators by farmers, retaliation/revenge, impatient of victims and use of foul words.  

She, therefore, emphasized the imperative of holding regular meetings between the Herders’ Leaders and host community Leaders with the collaboration of other stakeholders to prevent and manage conflicts efficiently. For timely issue reporting, three phone lines were presented to the general public, including

the Chairman of sheriki Fulani in Osun State.

To report any related case of farm invasion, call JDPMC’s Office or NSCDC, Osun Command on this toll-free line: 080-000-121212.

Peacekeeping: JDPMC presents a toll-free telephone line to Osun NSCDC to sustain peace

As part of the laudable initiative to strengthen the security grid and sustain existing peaceful co-existence in Osun State, especially putting her on the security-crisis-free roadmap in Nigeria and the world, the Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre (JDPMC), Osogbo has presented a toll-free telephone line to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun State Command.

The prominent and faith-based Organization presented the Device at the Biannual Stakeholders’ Dialogue Meeting on Peaceful Co-existence between Farmers and Herders in Osun State.

According to the General Coordinator of the JDPMC Osogbo, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi, the gesture was aimed to stimulate rapid response actions in the Command and enhance their security efforts so as to head off any civil unrest that might arise, particularly between Osun Farmers and Herders in the State.

Speaking further during the handing over of the Device, Rev.Fr.Peter Akinkunmi said that the partnership consideration of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command was borne out of the need assessment of capacity strengthening of the command and the fulfilment of the JDPMC’s vision-mission statement which aims at pragmatic action for Justice and Peace in every community more importantly to foster inter-ethnic tolerance and relations.

He, therefore, urged the command led by Commandant Sunday Agboola to justify the decision by being more proactive in the communal-clash mediation and intervention while appreciating them for their sacrificial efforts in the past in ensuring that Peaceful co-existence in Osun is sustained.

“You have been one of our highly valued partners in the State, especially in the area of Peace sustainability between Farmers and Pastoralists which had in no small measure been helpful to our vision as an Organization, if anyone asks why the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Osun State Command, this is simply the reason,

Our ultimate goal is to strengthen and sustain peaceful co-existence among members of the communities irrespective of tribe, colour, age or gender, not only this but also to entrench sustainable agriculture through human capital development. It is our sincere hope that you will justify the confidence reposed in you by being more proactive in this peace business”. He concluded

Responding to the kind gesture, Commandant Sunday Agboola ably represented by the Head of Peace and Conflict Management Department, Mr.Paul Akinwolere commended and gave kudos to Justice, Development and Peace Makers’ Centre, Osogbo for the laudable initiative he therefore reaffirmed the commitment and maximum cooperation of the Command to the JDPMC and good people of the State at large.

Also speaking on the development, the Chairman of Seriki-Fulani in Osun State, Alhaji Ibrahim Babatunde and the President of Sustainable Farmers Association (SUFA), Elder Adewumi Adelowotan expressed their optimism on the outcome the initiative would bring about, equally promised to collaborate more with one another to achieve sustainable peace in the State.