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Climate changed blamed for bloody Nigeria clashes

From EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – CLIMATE change has been cited among the leading causes man of the House of
Representatives Committee on Climate Change, Samuel Onuigbo, citing climate change as a cause of crises, attributed the conflict to the drastic fall of the water level in Lake Chad.
The receding levels impacted on fishery and crop farming, which became difficult while herdsmen were left with the only alternative of migration to other regions of the country in search of greener pastures.
“While some former fishermen and farmers could have ignorantly or consciously found insurgency as a better means of sustenance, herdsmen became threats to their new host communities whose crops and major investments are either eating up by herds or deliberately destroy,” Onuigbo argued.
The legislator, who represents Ikwuano/Umuahia North/South Federal Constituency of the southeastern Abia State, said greater understanding and solutions were proffered to address the danger of change in ecological factors.
He thus mentioned the legal framework of Climate Change Bill had been presented to Parliament and passed second reading.
“This legislation will expressly demonstrate our various commitments in the fight against environmental issues affecting society,” Onuigbo said.
The Boko Haram insurgency has claimed some 20 000 civilians northeast Nigeria. Hundreds of villagers have died during clashes over land, largely blamed on nomadic herdsmen.
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