President Muhammdu Buhari has revealed that he advised Governor Seyi Makinde to use local solutions for the regular clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Oyo.
The president said he proffered this solution when the Oyo governor paid him a visit in a bid to resolve the security problems in the state, Daily Trust reports.
Buhari restated that farmers and herders have co-habited for ages in most parts of the country, adding that the clash is caused by a break in communication between the local authorities and the herdmen.
“For example, there were two governors that came to see me about problems – Oyo state and one other state – because the herders were in their forests but the animals were going into the neighbouring farms, and eating the crops; I said, as far as I know, the farmers and herders have been co-existing in Nigeria for generations.
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"Let them go and ask the local leadership what has gone wrong, why the break in communication between the local leadership and the herders."
Tinubu finally speaks on farmer/herders clash, tells Buhari what to do about crisis
According to him, the destruction of crops or seizure of property of an innocent farmer or herder is an act of criminality.
Tinubu in a statement Saturday, March 13, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene an emergency meeting of stakeholders to address the crisis.
The former governor recommended that state governors, senior security officials, representatives of herders and farmers, along with traditional rulers and religious leaders be invited to the meeting.
He explained that the agenda for the meeting would be to hammer out a set of working principles to resolve the crisis.
“To accomplish this goal, wise policy must include the following elements: Maintain reasonable and effective law enforcement presence in affected areas.
“Help the herders’ transition to more sedentary but more profitable methods of cattle-rearing. Unoccupied public land can be fenced into grazing areas or ranches and leased to herders on a very low-cost, nominal basis."