African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 379

Full Length Research Paper

The role of group solidarity in conflict between farmers and Fulani pastoralists: A case study of Northern Nigeria

Hamman Jumba Ahmadu
  • Hamman Jumba Ahmadu
  • Division of General Studies, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
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Haruna Ayuba
  • Haruna Ayuba
  • Division of General Studies, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and Department of Political Science, Faculty of Social Science, University of Maiduguri, Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 09 December 2017
  •  Published: 31 May 2018

Abstract

In recent years, conflict between farmers and pastoralists has been one among the frontline threats to sustainable peace and development in Nigeria. More worrisome is the incessant upsurge of these violent conflicts with group solidarity. The existence of these conflicts is not in dispute, but continues climax of group solidarity, has added an impetus to the complexities and veracity of these conflict involving larger farming and pastoral communities. This paper argues that, though, group-solidarity is a reminiscent of longstanding socio-cultural ties as well as a source of collective action and unity of purpose that binds people in most societies, eventually turned into a formidable means for launching offensive or defensive against possible threats or violent attacks as the case with Fulani pastoralists and farmers in Northern Nigeria. The paper concludes that the use of group-solidarity by both pastoralists and farmers contributed in deepening the conflict into a wider dimension beyond individual pastoralist-farmer conflict to a communal conflict. The study explored content analysis of the existing literatures and unstructured focus group discussion with some farmers and pastoralists in the study area.

Key words: Conflict, pastoralists, farmers, group-solidarity