Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has called for dialogue in the clashes between Fulani herders and farmers across the country, particularly in the South-west.
He promised that the National Assembly would come up with legislation that would help in resolving the contentious issues in the relationship between the various ethnic groups in the country.
Gbajabiamila said no ethnic group in the country should seek to dominate others but respect each other for the sake of peace and harmony.
According to Tribune online, the Speaker spoke with Correspondents on Wednesday after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
On the South-west, South-east/Fulani herders tension, he said: “Everybody just has to come to the table and discuss and come to an amicable resolution which I’m sure we will.
“I don’t think any ethnic group should lord it over any ethnic group. The southwest should not lord it over the north, the north should not lord it over the south.
“We should respect each other’s trade, geographical space, history, culture and more importantly the issue of crime, murder all those things should be completely jettisoned.
“But more importantly we all have to sit on the table and discuss this matter and look for the way forward. I think everybody is willing to do that. From the National Assembly, solutions will come from talking.
“I believe that now that we are about to start work on Tuesday, I know these issues will come up and adequate and proper legislation that will address the issue frontally and in the best interest of the country, and all nations that make up the nation such legislation will be put in place.”
He said his discussion with President Buhari was on the state of the nation, adding that both of them had a fruitful and interesting discussion.
Gbajabiamila also spoke on the recent appointment of service chiefs, pointing out that it was what had been long anticipated.
Also speaking on the ongoing registration and revalidation of APC membership, he urged all members to participate in the exercise.