- Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba says cattle breeders cannot continue to move through the bush with a lot of risks associated with such movements
- He states that herders need a better life
- Ishaku solicits the support of the American government in finding ways toward permanent peace in Taraba and Nigeria
Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba on Thursday, February 15, said that the open grazing prohibition and ranches establishment law was the only way out of the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers in rural communities.
Ishaku said this when he received the American ambassador to Nigeria, William Stuart, who paid him a courtesy call in Jalingo, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The governor, who explained that the population of the country in the 1950s and 1960s was no longer the same, said that Nigeria must adopt ranching to end frequent clashes and other challenges associated with open grazing.
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“Cattle breeders cannot continue to move through the bush with a lot of risks associated with such movements.
“They need a better life and that is what we are trying to do by enacting open grazing prohibition law.
“It is unfortunate that some people, who don’t have knowledge of what we are trying to do, are constantly attacking us and giving wrong colouration to the law,” he said.
Ishaku solicited the support of the American government in finding ways toward permanent peace in Taraba and Nigeria, and commended the U.S. government’s deep concern for the welfare of its citizens.
“In America, if one person is killed, America will go to war. That is what we are lacking in Nigeria.
“As a governor, I don’t control any security apparatus which makes it difficult for me to take concrete decisions on security. Whatever decision I take, critics see it from either ethnic, religious or political angle. This is bad,” he said.
He pledged to solidify the relationship between Taraba State and the American government, and called on investors to take advantage of the abundant natural resources endowed in the state to invest in it.
Earlier, Stuart had said that he was in the state to learn more about its people, and urged Nigerians to always remember that they could never be Nigerians without Nigeria.
He advised Nigerians to always protect and promote national interest and strive toward unity.
“The strength of Nigeria lies in its diversity; Nigerians must harness these diversities for the good of the country.
“Any time I have interactions with Nigerians, I always ask them what they love about Nigeria.
“I am happy working in Nigeria than any other country, because Nigerians are hardworking and resilient people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, on Thursday, February 15, said the police has taken steps to resolve the crisis in Benue state.
Idris said the police began dialogues with herdsmen and farmers with a view to restoring peace in the state, Vanguard reports.
Speaking at the launch of his book titled: Security and Justice: The pathway for peace and reconciliation in Nigeria, Idris said he was in Benue state to have meetings with all parties involved in the crisis.
He said the Benue state police command has also established 15 units within the state to curb possible outrage or reprisals.
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