Banditry: Nigerian governors agree to end open grazing nationwide

Banditry: Nigerian governors agree to end open grazing nationwide

- Open grazing in Nigeria might soon be a thing of the past

- This is Nigerian governors have agreed to end the system of animal husbandry and adopt modern measures

- A communique by the Nigerian Governors Forum noted that the state chief executives are open to new ways of cattle ranching

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The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Thursday, February 11 said it had reached a consensus on the need for the country to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that will replace open, night, and underage grazing in the country.

The NGF's resolution was contained in a communique signed by its chairman and Ekiti state governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

In the communique seen by, governors were encouraged to put in place systems to accelerate the grazing initiative of the National Livestock Transformation Plan and ranching in the country.

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Banditry: Nigerian governors agree to end open grazing nationwide
The communique was signed by the NGF chairman and Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi. Photo credit: @kfayemi
Source: Twitter

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The NGF, however, condemned the ethnic profiling of crime in the country and resolved to convene an emergency on the matter soon.

Part of the communique read:

“The Forum respects the right of abode of all Nigerians and strongly condemns criminality and the ethnic profiling of crime in the country in an effort to frame the widespread banditry and the herders- farmers crisis.”

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Meanwhile, Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on security.

Ortom made the call on Thursday, February 11 while addressing journalists including a reporter in Abuja.

The governor also stated that those carrying out attacks on communities in Nigeria are not Nigerians but foreign Fulani herdsmen, who he said took advantage of the country's porous borders to gain entry.

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Similarly, Senator Francis Fadahunsi has declared that the unhindered cattle movement in Nigeria is responsible for the herders/farmers crisis in the country.

The senator who represents Osun West Senatorial District in the National Assembly made the comment while speaking to selected journalists recently in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The lawmaker also declared his support for those calling for legislation that would stop the movement of cattle across the country.

Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.


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