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Reforestation panacea to farmers, herders’ clashes in Nigeria, says Bishop Filibus 

The Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCM), Rev. Musa Fanti Filibus has called for more collaboration among the government, private individuals, groups and organisations to tackle the challenges of climate change in Nigeria in order to frontally secure the future of the unborn children.

The cleric made this call in Yola, Adamawa state, Thursday, at a seminar organised  by I.Y Kwache Foundation, as part of activities marking its annual mass tree planting campaign, which started in  2021.

Calling on the government at all levels to prioritise environmental conservation and adopt sustainable land use practices, the man of God said, “Afforestation and reforestation are not just solutions. They are transformative actions that address the root cause of the farmers – herders’ conflicts.

“By restoring degraded land and expanding our forest cover, we create sustainable eco system and established national boundaries that can reduce conflicts over resources.

“Our efforts must not stand alone. I urge government at all levels to prioritise  environmental conservation and adopt sustainable land use practices; policies supporting  afforestation and reforestation should be vigorously implemented and enforced.”

Earlier, the chairman Board of Trustees of the foundation, Dr. Iliya Yame Kwache, said the seminar which is the first in the history of the foundation, annual mass tree planting campaign, which started four years ago, was aimed at salvaging humanity in line with the foundation’s motto of justice, peace and development.

He further explained that climate change is real, and for us to have a better society to bequeath to our children, all hands must be on deck to safeguard humanity through mass tree planting, because the world can do without human beings but human beings cannot do without plants and animals.

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