Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno State says prohibiting herders from grazing openly in some states will not work.
At a summit held in Asaba, Delta State’s capital, two months ago, the governors of the South unanimously banned open grazing. They attributed this to clashes between farmers and herders.
Their action, however, was met with mixed feelings, as the presidency argued that the constitution guarantees freedom of movement.
Zulum said on Channels TV on Wednesday that the ban won’t work unless the economic crisis and insecurity are addressed.
“We must address the socio-political and economic dimensions of the crisis because poverty is increasing in the region; that will trigger insurgency.”.
“There is an increase in food insecurity in the sub-region because food insecurity is the worst type of insecurity. That is why the Borno State Government has been advocating for farming in the last two years. Farmers should be allowed to go to their farms.
“The problem of the socio-political and economic dimensions of this crisis is very important. Addressing farmers-herders is also very important, making sure that an enabling environment has been provided for the herds is essential. Stopping open grazing and other related issues will not work unless we sit down and deal with them all squarely.”