- Baba Ngelezarma, national secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, has blamed governors for clashes between herdsmen and farmers
- Ngelezarma said the clashes have led to the loss of many lives and destruction of properties worth millions of naira in Benue, Plateau, Taraba states among other states
- He, however, said his organisation is not opposed to ranching but the government should make it attractive to the herders
Baba Ngelezarma, national secretary of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), has spoken about the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in many parts of the country.
Baba Ngelezarma blamed some state governors for the clashes saying that the development has led to the loss of many lives and destruction of properties worth millions of naira in Benue, Plateau, Taraba states among other states.
The Cable reports that he made this known at a town hall meeting organised by the federal government in Abuja on Thursday, May 17.
“We are not opposed to ranching, all that we are saying let us begin to identify grazing reserves, let us know their current status in the view of developing them and making them attractive to the pastorialist. The cow to them is a thing of prestige, a means of livelihood.
“You have to put something in place for them to see before you accept. A lot has been said about this issue. Up till now, nobody is looking at the root cause of the crisis and the people responsible are the state governors.
“How I wish through chairman of the governors forum or northern governors forum is here. He is supposed to be here. All the grazing reserves we have in the country are located in the northern part of the country.
“The state governors have more responsibility than the federal government because this is their primary assignment, they are custodians of the land, they are the custodians of security, education in their states. The federal government’s hand are tied, we know that.”
He said the association submitted a road map to Kashim Shettima, chairman of the northern governors forum, on ways the crisis could be resolved.
On his part, Peter Mayowa, a representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), said the open grazing should be allowed to continue while the government gradually introduces ranching.
According to him, “If you introduce a policy it will be difficult to implement, let the two (open grazing and ranching) together. The old one will phase out.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari said he may have been part of the herdsmen/farmers clashes, if he did not go to school.
The president made the comment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, on Thursday, April 26, during his two-day visit to the state.
The president urged Bauchi residents to allow their children go to school, as he addressed the thousands who thronged the stadium to welcome him on his first visit to the state since 2015.
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