Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has set up a Presidential Committee to end years of conflict between herders and farmers in the country, which has killed thousands of people.

According to a statement by Ajuri Ngelale, Special Advisor to the President, Tinubu was presented with a report titled "Livestock reforms and reduction of related conflicts in Nigeria". Following the report, Tinubu established a Presidential Committee to promote peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers.

President Tinubu charged the committee with the responsibility of reforming the livestock sector and finding long-term solutions to the recurring conflicts between herders and farmers in the country. "In 2018, I tried to bring a solution to this problem but it proved to be very difficult. But I was told never to give up and today I believe the solution is here."

The north of Nigeria has been the scene of violent clashes between the Fulanis, who are engaged in animal husbandry, and some farming tribes. Nomadic Fulanis claim that farmers try to steal their livestock and attack them.

Spread across many countries in West and Central Africa, the Fulanis are known as the largest semi-nomadic tribe in Africa with a population of approximately 40 million.

Tajudeen Abbas, Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, noted that more than 60 thousand people have lost their lives in the conflicts that have been going on in the country since 2001.