- The Senate has rejected Governor Ganduje's proposal on how to end the herders' crisis in the country
- The Kano state governor had advised the FG to come up with legislation which will ban cattle movement from the north to other areas
- However, Senate spokesperson, Ajibola Basiru, said such law will go contrary to Nigeria's constitutional provisions
The Nigerian Senate has reacted to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje's call on the federal government to introduce a law banning the movement of cattle from the north to other parts of the country.
Senator Ajibola Basiru, the spokesperson of the upper legislative chamber, said such a law if enacted, would go against the constitution, Vanguard reported.
The senator was quoted to have said on Monday, February 1:
“I don’t think such a law will be constitutional. Nigerians have the right to freedom of movement irrespective of the state of birth or nativity.
“The challenge, largely, is law enforcement and security as well as a need for modernised animal husbandry system in the country.”
The Senate's stance has caused heated reactions from Nigerians on social media.
Onisosueiya Okia commented on Facebook:
"It's for the good of Both the herdsmen and the farmers. If it continues, it will lead to something else as it's already obvious in some part of the country."
Emeka Ekwe said:
"It pains deeply to hear a senator describing this Killing by these normads as a clash between them and farmers. It is totally unacceptable.
"This is not a clash if we must tell ourselves the truth. And as for the law to barn the movement of cows from the North to the South, there is no single way it will infringe on any one's right of movement.
"Your freedom of movement does not permit you illegal acquisitions of someone's property be it land or house. The Constitution is made by men and still subject to be amended by men."
Yomi Yomi said:
"Constitution can be adjusted to accommodate peace..."
Emmanuel Ifeanyichi said:
"But killing innocent farmers and destroying their crops is constitutional. Does Nigeria even have a constitution?"
Gabriel Okodoa said:
"Nigerians and not cows have the right to free movement. How on earth can the ban on cattle infringe on our rights to free movements as Nigerians?"
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that 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.
He noted that the movement of herders and their cattle to the south is "greatly" stroking the ethnic tension in the country.