Fulani Herdsmen: North should set up grazing reserves to end farmer-herder crisis -Shehu Sani

Fulani Herdsmen: North should set up grazing reserves to end farmer-herder crisis -Shehu Sani
Fulani Herdsmen: North should set up grazing reserves to end farmer-herder crisis -Shehu Sani

Shehu Sani, former senator representing Kaduna central, says the solution to the crisis between farmers and herders in the south-west is the setting up of grazing reserves and agro-allied industries in the north.

Speaking on Arise Television on Friday, Sani said it is not possible for herders to move around with cattle and not clash with farmers.

The former senator said the meeting of the south-west governors with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) will only douse the tension but not solve the problem.

On Monday, the governors met with the national leadership of Miyetti Allah after some herders were given an eviction notice in Ondo and Oyo states.

Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo governor, blamed the high rate of crime on herders who have allegedly made forests in the state their haven.

Sani said the north has enough landmass for cattle to graze without problems.

“The dialogue going on between the governors of the south-west and Miyetti Allah is a good step but it is not going to permanently resolve the problem,” he said.

Rotimi Akeredolu, Ondo governor, blamed the high rate of crime on herders who have allegedly made forests in the state their haven.

Sani said the north has enough landmass for cattle to graze without problems.

“The dialogue going on between the governors of the south-west and Miyetti Allah is a good step but it is not going to permanently resolve the problem,” he said.

“It has reached a point where the whole issue has been politicised because nobody went through the details and then it became a major issue,” he said.

“The killings and kidnappings have been going on and what the people of Ondo and Ogun states have been suffering is the same thing we are suffering in the north.

“I wonder how possible it is for anybody to defend or justify the murderous, hideous and heinous activities of these herdsmen. They occupy lands, kidnap people, rape and collect ransom.”

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