- The Nigerian presidency is trying to prevent farmers-herders clashes, according to Garba Shehu
- Shehu disclosed this following allegation that Buhari's administration is trying to grab lands for herdsmen
- Meanwhile, the presidential spokesman subtly blamed herdsmen for driving their animals to farmlands
The federal government has a plan for herdsmen, to stop them from roaming all over the country.
This is the position of the government as revealed by Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman. According to him, this will help prevent clashes with farmers, The Cable reports.
He said this in reaction to allegations raised by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP member, Katch Ononuju, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of grabbing lands to dole out to herdsmen.
In response, Shehu said the presidency is only trying to stop herders and farmers' clashes. He also blamed them for driving their cattle into peoples' farmlands.
Going further, he noted that herdsmen are facing challenges that stemmed from natural occurrences like the drying of grazing lands in the north.
He said this has led to the farmers driving the animals to the southwest and also to peoples' farms.
“This country has a grazing problem because the herders are mostly Fulanis. The challenge is from these places they had practiced, 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."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the maxim that read: What a man can do, a woman can also do - seems to have gradually become a universal truth. This is evidenced by the profession of Ekene Obaye, the first documented Igbo herdswoman.
Obaye who is a native of Nguru Nsukka in Nsukka local government area of Enugu state has turned to a job believed to be only reserved for men, especially, those from the Fulani extraction of northern Nigeria.
The job which she does with her husband has garnered her star-like attention from Nigerians who mostly don't believe that a woman can adopt the work as a daily profession.
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