- Nomads have been advised to settle in one place to end clashes with farmers and their communities
- The piece of advice was given by Governor Abdullai Ganduje on Thursday, February 11
- Ganduje also pointed out that it is not actually difficult for nomads to become settlers
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Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano advised herdsmen in Nigeria to change from being nomads to settlers for peace to reign.
Ganduje, admitting that the Fulani herders have it in their nature to carry their cattle from place to place for grazing, said the transformation is not really a big deal. He added that all the herders have to do is settle in particular locations, The Cable reports.
The Kano governor said:
“There are nomadic Fulanis, and there are settled Fulanis. We are the settled Fulanis, but to change from nomadism to settled Fulani is not a big deal.
"All what it requires is for you to settle in one place. Those who are fighting what we are saying, I’ll like to see their children follow cows from the north to the south, trekking.”
He went on to lament the menace of insecurity that has destroyed the initially smooth relationship between farmers and herdsmen.
“Those days, it was a kind of symbiotic relationship between the herdsmen and the farmers. The herdsmen settled in a place and the dung of their cattle used to serve as fertiliser for the farmers.
”The farmers even invited them to come and settle for a whole season and even stay permanently. Some of them have been there for hundreds of years."
As a way forward, Ganduje suggested that there must be an agreement on how herders and farmers should co-habit in the same environment.
Earlier, Ganduje had said the only way to bring a lasting solution to the farmers-herders crisis was 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 was in his hometown Daura where he travelled on Friday, January 28, to register his membership of the ruling party.
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