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Herders/farmers crisis not about religion, says U.K Envoy

Posted by Olokede in Metro News, News, Photo Stories, Politics on November 8, 2018

The outgoing United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has maintained that the herders/farmers crisis is not driven by religion.

Briefing newsmen on the visit of Prince Charles and his wife Camila, Arkwright posited that there are big issues that underline the crisis.

He blamed climate change and population growth as part of the cause root of the crisis.

“this is not a religious conflict. This is a conflict which is driven by a number of complex reasons, climate change, pressure on resources, pressure on land, desertification to the North of Nigeria, the population growth. There are big big issues there which underline the conflict.

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“The farmer/herders conflict is not in my view about religion even if some people would like to make it about religion.”

Speaking on then Royal visit, he said President Muhammadu Buhari and the visiting Prince Charles are old friends, the outgoing United Kingdom High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has revealed.

Arkwright noted that the visit of the prince Charles and his wife Camila is expected to improve the tie between Britain and Nigeria.

 “The prince and president have known each other for a number of years now and the have met a number of times,”

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He described their Tuesday meeting as ” a cordial meeting between the prince and the president.”

Adding that “a number of issues discussed of mutual interest.”

He also stressed that the visit was a diverse one as the prince met with diverse groups while in Nigeria.

Also responding to the question of cancellation of the planned address of the British House of Lords by Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) the High Commissioner said the government was not involved.

He stressed that the arms of government operates independently.

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“The visits of T.Y Danjumma was an event Organised in the House of Lords host by two parliamentarian. As you know the UK parliament is independent and has nothing to do with the government. It has nothing to do with the British government. We are aware that it was happening but the cancellation has nothing to do with us. “

Danjuma was invited by the parliament to address the House on the issue of herders and farmer clashes in Nigeria.

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