- Northern leaders are not happy with governors from the southern part of the country
- This is a result of the ban on open grazing across the region
- According to the northern leaders, the ban is against Nigeria's constitution
The north is not happy with the decision of Southern Governors to ban open cattle grazing in the entire 17 southern states of the country.
Prof. Usman Yusuf, former executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), blamed the southern governors for not consulting with Fulani leaders before they made such decision, Guardian reports.
He disclosed this when he appeared on AIT breakfast show, Kakaaki.
“Southern governors must provide land for Fulani herders to graze their cattle if they want to ban open grazing. Gathering in one hotel and giving a blanket ban is irresponsible.”
On his part, national secretary of Miyetti Allah Kautal, Alhassan Saleh, said:
“The governors are confused and mischievous, are herders the problem of this country? Are they IPOB killing people up and down, burning police stations?”
The governors made this known in a communique seen by Legit.ng at the end of their meeting hosted by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta in Asaba, the state capital
The communiqué which was read by the chairman of Southern Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, noted that prevailing insecurity in the country had presented severe security challenges such that citizens were unable to live normal lives, including pursuing productive activities.
Legit.ng also reported that the decision of southern governors to ban open grazing of cattle is not sitting well with Senator Ali Ndume.
The chairman, Senate committee on army, said the governors were deviating from the real problem which has nothing to do with open grazing.
The lawmaker who spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, May 12, argued that the issue of insecurity is unique to each geopolitical zone.