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Buhari Govt Move To Stop Fulani Herdsmen From Grazing In The South-West




President Muhammadu Buhari government has revealed its plan to restrain Fulani herdsmen from further grazing in the South-West region of Nigeria.

Naija News reports that the development was made known to newsmen by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu. The presidential aide, while speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday to debunk the report that President Buhari is seizing lands from farmers to dole out to Fulani herdsmen, blamed the actions of the herdsmen on the drying of grazing lands in the north.

Shehu observed that these herdsmen drive their cows to farmlands to eat up crops belonging to peasant farmers, and hence leading to clashes.

While appreciating the effort of Northern governors to resolve the issue of insecurity in the region, Shehu said the herders have to be stopped from roaming and eating up crops belonging to farmers across the states.

He said; “This country has a grazing problem because the herders are mostly Fulanis. The challenge is from these places they had practised, you know, the encroachment by desert leading to drying up of a lot of grazing lands in the northern-most parts of the country.

“This has put pressure on the herders who have been looking to the south-west green grass so that their cattle will eat and also have water to drink. It’s a global climate situation which is unfortunate considering what has happened along the lake chad basin.”

“I’m glad that governors of the north are coming together to say let us resolve this problem of grazing because we have to stop these herders from roaming and eating up our crops all over the country.

“They drive their cattle into farmlands and eat up the crops. The farmers fight back and the killings follow. The country cannot continue in this way.

“The president has no plan to fish for a land other than the one he has inherited from his father. Some of them have even be donated for community purposes but I think we need to get our facts right when we speak on some of these issues.”

Speaking on the spate of insecurity in the north-east, particularly in Borno, Shehu said; “Progress has been made, “a lot of it”. Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Adamawa have all moved on from insecurity issues.

“And we are hoping and praying for our brothers in Borno state that they too, with the support of the military and the communities, they will rid themselves of Boko Haram.

“The president has said times without number that his expectations are still to be met, that means we are not exactly where we wish to be. However, a fair judgement that can be made about ongoing efforts of the administration is to judge it by the responses it makes when challenges of security come up.

“In all countries of the world, there is always one form of the security challenge, the thing, then, to do is how do you respond? The present administration has responded within the capacity, competence using available resources and manpower and all the limitations that come with that. So, can we get better? We hope we will continue to improve.”

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Governor and Chairman Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, on Tuesday, led his colleagues to a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State.

Naija News reports that the meeting was connected to the recent abduction and release of 333 students of the Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State.

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