- Senator Shehu Sani has advised northern governors to share among themselves the 4,000 herders allegedly evicted from the south
- The former lawmaker's advice follows the report that all the evicted herders are now in Kaduna state
- The herders were allegedly evicted over the rising cases of armed herdsmen engaging in different criminal activities in the south
Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to the alleged eviction of 4,000 herdsmen from Southern Nigeria.
The Punch had reported that the evicted, allegedly from Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Ebonyi and Abia states, had arrived in Kaduna state.
According to the newspaper, the herders were received by officials of the Kaduna chapter of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria at Labduga in the southern part of Kaduna.
Reacting to the development, Senator Sani said Kaduna state alone should not accommodate all the herders.
He sarcastically advised that all the northern governors should share the evicted herders according to federal allocation.
The former lawmaker tweeted this on Friday, February 12.
The tweet reads:
"The 4K Herders returned from the south should not all camp in Kaduna;Abeg Northern Governors share them according to federal allocation."
The alleged eviction of the herders follows the rising cases of armed herdsmen engaging in different criminal activities in the southern part of the country.
El-Rufai condemns herdsmen eviction
Meanwhile, the governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, has reacted to the calls for herdsmen to be evicted in some parts of the country.
According to him, every Nigerian has the constitutional right to live wherever they chose to.
El-Rufai made this known in a state broadcast on Wednesday, February 3, following the recent eviction notice issued to herdsmen in some parts of the southwest region.
Nigerian governors not interested in eviction, Fayemi declares
Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the governor of Ekiti state, Dr Kayode Fayemi, said no eviction notice was issued against any Fulani herdsman or any Nigerian living in Ondo state or any part of the southwest region.
Fayemi made the clarification amid reports of an ultimatum given to the Fulanis by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
This followed the meeting held by governors of the southwest states and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN).
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_