- Abdullahi Ganduje, the governor of Kano state, has asked the federal government to check the influx of foreign herders in Nigeria
- Ganduje said the herders storm Nigeria because of the change in the climate condition
- The governor made this known on Thursday, February 11, during a television programme
The Kano state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has declared that climate change is forcing foreign herders into the country.
Channels TV reports that he said the movement of cattle from one part of the nation to another is not new.
Legit.ng gathered the governor explained that climate change has reduced the number of cattle routes in the country, leading to herders encroaching on people’s land.
“The movement of cattle from one part of the country to another is not something new, even from some neighbouring countries. Foreign herders, because of climate change, they are moving into Nigeria with thousands of cattle.
“In those days, the cattle routes were enough because the population did not grow like now; farming activities because of population, was not like this. But there is a lot of encroachment.
“And not only encroachment, even the volume of cattle coming from West Africa to Nigeria has also increased because of the availability of grazing areas in the Middle Belt and in the southern part of the country.”
Ganduje also noted that because people would not sit back and watch their land trampled on, many of the herders have bought weapons to protect themselves.
The governor who condemned the influx of foreign herders who according to him, do not have any means of identification into the country, called on the federal government to address the issue.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state said herdsmen should not be blamed for bearing firearms.
It was reported that the governor said they are only protecting themselves against cattle rustlers who attack, kill and take away their possessions.
The governor spoke as a special guest of honour at the launch of the inaugural edition of the Bauchi correspondents’ chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ)’s magazine titled ‘Correspondents’ Watch” on Thursday, February 11.
The governor, who slammed his Benue counterpart, Samuel Orthom, for poor handling of farmers-herders clashes in his state, said he was very wrong to incite other tribes against the herdsmen.