The National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), Tuesday blamed the widespread insecurity in different parts of the country on the phenomenon of climate change.
He said there was a link between the disruption of local economies and the insurgence of the Boko Haramm sect, the activities of the Niger Delta militants and other groups involved in violence and criminality across the country .
Dasuki, who spoke when he appeared before the House of Representative Committee on Climate Change, suggested the establishment of National Grazing Fields and Cattle Routes in the country to end the recurring clashes between herdsmen and farmers.
The NSA, represented by the Special Adviser on Economic Intelligence, Prof. Soji Adelaja, attributed the growing insecurity on the impact of climate change on the environment and its impact on the means of livelihood of the people.
He explained that the rising sea level in the Niger Delta and the desert encroachment in most parts of northern Nigeria had forced young people out of their traditional occupations.
He said even the herdsmen, who managed to stay on were forced to migrate thousands of kilometres away from their homes in search of green pasture and water, resulting in their involvement in conflicts with farmers.
The NSA, who described the situation as disturbing, disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan recently held a meeting with state governors to find ways of stemming the tide of insecurity in the country.
The meeting, he said, discussed the possibility of establishing grazing routes to ensure that herdsmen no longer clashed with crop farmers.
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