- Northern governors have suggested a way out of the insecurity situation linked with the herdsmen crisis
- The governors believe that ranching across states in the region will surely end the violence
- Thus, the Northern Governors Forum has called on the federal government to support governors in the region with grants
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In a bid to end the menace of kidnapping, killing, and other forms of criminality associated with some killer herdsmen, northern governors have made an important request to the federal government.
Governors from the region on the platform of the Northern Governors' Forum, chaired by the governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, have called on the government to support them with grants to begin ranching.
Lalong who spoke with Channels TV reporters on Tuesday, February 9, opined that ranching is the only way out of the recurring clashes recorded between herders and their host communities in the southwest.
He added that while most state governors across the country are on board with the idea of ranching, the general problem is the unavailability of funds.
“We were advising the federal government to also give grants to states that are ready with land.
“We are not saying that it is compulsory for states that are not ready. But many states in the North are ready.
“We need some grants to start so that these people will not be moving here and there. We need to also keep them in one place. It’s business. So definitely, that’s the only way to control the insecurity.”
Meanwhile, the presidency had revealed its position on the activities of criminals who pose as herdsmen around the country, especially in southwest Nigeria.
In an interview on Tuesday, February 9, Femi Adesina, a presidential media aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, said there was zero-tolerance for violence and terrorism.
Adesina said President Buhari's stand on the issue of persons considered as killer herdsmen is that anyone found with illegal arms should be arrested and tried.
He was responding to claims by Governor Samuel Ortom that the president has maintained silence on the menace caused by the herders.