- Former presidential aspirant Adamu Garba has waded into the herdsmen-farmers crisis in Ondo and other parts of Nigeria
- Garba said in the modern times, it is inappropriate for herders to still be engaging in open grazing
- The politician called on wealthy Fulani herders to purchase land for ranching and assist their poor fellows
Adamu Garba, a former presidential aspirant, has urged herdsmen to buy lands in any state they wish to settle and build ranches for their cattle.
Garba stated this in a thread of tweets posted on Twitter and sighted by Legit.ng on Sunday, January 24.
In a bid to tackle kidnapping and other criminal activities in Ondo state, Akeredolu had told herdsmen to register with the government while those who fail to register were asked to vacate the state's forests.
However, the federal government in its reaction said Akeredolu does not have the unilateral power to order herdsmen out of the state.
Appearing to support Governor Akeredolu, Garba who said he is Fulani by tribe said it does not make any sense for cows to be roaming the streets in 2021.
He, therefore, called on rich Fulanis to buy lands for the herders, build ranches for them in order to end the lingering crisis between locals and the herdsmen.
Garba noted that by law, land can only be used through rent or purchase, adding that no land can be used without proper authorisation.
The post reads in part:
“I’m a Fulani man, but I can tell you that it doesn’t make sense for cows to be roaming the streets in 2021.
“Cows should be ranched on a land acquired or rented by the ranchers."
He reiterated that the wealthy Fulanis must cooperate and get ranching lands to assist their poor fellows.
“The rich Fulani’s must come together & assist our fellow brothers to get reaching land or forest for grazing."
In another related report, Nigeria's prominent human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has accused the federal government of portraying itself as the defender of herdsmen in the country.
The senior lawyer made the accusation when he appeared as a guest on a Television Continental (TVC) programme on Sunday, January 24.
Falana also called on the herders association, Miyetti Allah, to meet with Governor Akeredolu and register its members so that they can continue with their cattle rearing business in the state.
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