- Reactions have continued to trail the decision that open grazing will no longer be allowed in the southern region
- The development has been welcomed by Nigerians and one of such people, Senator Mao Ohuabunwa declared his support
- The senator who represented Abia North is of the opinion that open grazing is of no gain to the country
Senator Mao Ohuabunwa has said that open grazing is not doing Nigeria any good at this time. According to him, the country has nothing to gain from it.
Ohuabunwa made the disclosure while speaking as a guest on Channels Television Politics Today on Thursday, May 13.
The lawmaker, who represented Abia North senatorial district in the 8th Assembly, decried the loss of lives in the southern region as a result of the clashes between herders and farmers.
Speaking further on the programme, he also commended the decision of southern governors to ban open grazing of cattle in the region.
”Open grazing should stop, it is the right time to stop it because it is not doing us any good in this country today, and because of the limitless of land space, there has always been this fight between the herders and the farmers and the only way to stop it is to ask that we stop open grazing and make a law.”
While describing the action as a welcome development, Ohuabunwa stressed the need for the forum to take a further step by legalising the ban on open grazing.
This critical decision was announced by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, the chairman of the forum, on behalf of his counterparts.
Akeredolu said the resolution is part of the governors' efforts to tackle the menace of insecurity that emanates from the unchecked activities of herdsmen.
In a related development, 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.