The Fulani community in Plateau State has said it has suspended its participation in the curent dialogue between its members and the Berom community as a result of continuous massive cattle rustling witnessed in the last two weeks.
In a letter addressed to the Senior Consultant, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (CHD), a foreign non-governmental organisation (NGO) mediating between the two tribes (Fulani and Berom), Mr. Phillips Ostien, the Fulani community lamented that its decision was â€œsequel to the killing of two young herdsmen and outright shooting of 40 cattle on March 7.
The letter, which was signed by the Chairman of the Fulani community in the state, Shehu Buba Umar, stated that â€œsimilarly, 566 cows were rustled into Vwang village of Jos South Local Government Area on same date; only 65 of them have been recovered till date.â€
It explained that â€œall appeal to the traditional rulers, local and state governments, including security agencies to help in the recovery yielded minimal result.
â€œWe are under tremendous pressure from our community, and since we are representing them, we have no option than to oblige their request to withdraw from the dialogue pending further consultations.â€
The Berom and Fulani have been at loggerheads for close to a decade, leading to loss of many lives and properties.
Dialogue and reconciliatory sessions organised by the CHD between the parties had since 2002 witnessed the leaders of the two groups talking frankly on the matter with a view of finding a lasting solution.
However with the recent letter of protest by the Fulani, the hands of the clock may have been drawn back.