Tag Archives: co-existence

Nigeria’s Fulani Herdsmen-Farmers Conflict and Peace Building (Published)

Farmer-Herder conflicts have grown in frequency across Nigeria. They have spread and intensified over the past decade and currently are a threat to national survival: Fulani-farmer conflict linked to poverty, migration, inequality, and religious groups. The impacted states are those of the Nigerian Middle Belt like Benue, Taraba, and Plateau (UsmanLeme, 2017). This paper assessed the Fulani-farmer conflict between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, and gave explanations for the causes of the Fulani-farmer conflict by using the Wehr’s Conflict Model, and provided alternative resolutions for sustainable development. Tens of thousands of Nigerians also have been displaced. Women and girls were particularly affected: they experienced poverty and lack of access to resources, and their husbands were killed in the violence in the Fulani-farmer conflict (International Crises Group, 2017). Violent conflicts between herdsmen and farmers from Nigeria have escalated in recent years, which threatened people’s lives and the country’s stability. The conflicts between herdsmen and farmers have resulted in a humanitarian crisis (Leme, 2017). The objective of this study is to discuss the causes, as well as the economic, political, and cultural implications of these attacks for peacebuilding and to establish conflict resolution strategies between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

Keywords: Cultural Identity, Cultural Neighbors, Farmer-herder Conflicts, co-existence, structural violence

Problematic Co-Existence of English Language and Nigerian Pidgin (Published)

The English language is the language of formal education in Nigeria. For some time now, students’ performance in the language at public examinations has been very unsatisfactory to the stakeholders in education. A linguistic problem is one crucial contributing factor. The research methodology combines two data gathering instruments: the questionnaire and examination of respondents’ written essay. The paper discovers that Nigerian pidgin is a linguistic force to reckon with as its co-existence with the all important English language requires a clinical attention by all: especially; the government, curriculum developers and teachers. Those who formulate policy on education would need to plan for the Nigerian pidgin, not only in order to arrest the ever sliding performance of students in English language, but also to improve it.

Keywords: English Language, Formal education, Nigerian pidgin, Students performance, co-existence, linguistic problem