- Governor Umar Ganduje has suggested a solution to the herder-farmer crisis in the country
- The Kano governor said the movement of cattle and herders from the north to southern parts should be abolished
- Ganduje said a law should be made to this effect, adding that his government will build a Ruga settlement
Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, said the only way to bring a lasting solution to the farmers-herders crisis is to enable a law that bans the movement of cattle from the north to the south.
Governor Ganduje gave this suggestion while speaking to journalists in Daura town of Katsina state when he and his All Progressives Congress (APC) colleagues visited President Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari is in his hometown Daura where he travelled to on Friday, January 28, to register his membership of the ruling party.
Ganduje noted that the movement of herders and their cattle to the south is "greatly" stroking the ethnic tension in the country, The Cable reports.
He also revealed that his government is working on Ruga settlement in Samsosua forest where herders can settle and keep their cattle.
According to him, the settlement will have houses, a dam, an artificial insemination centre, and a veterinary clinic and houses where the herders will reside.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the northern part of Nigeria to the middle belt and to the southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly.”\
Why we can't leave southwest - Miyetti Allah
Meanwhile, Alhaji Kirowa Ardo Zuru, president of Miyetti Allah in the southwest, has called for cooperation and harmony between the locals and the cattle rearers in the region.
Speaking during a meeting between the leaders of the group and the southwest governors which was held in Akure, Ondo state's capital on Monday, January 25, Zuru said there is an age-long relationship between the southwest and the Fulani herders.
He noted that it is in the southwest that the herders are making huge profits out of their cattle-rearing business because Yoruba people enjoy partying and ceremonies.