Do You Agree? Convert Unused Land To Grazing Routes For Herdsmen – Tinubu Tells
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu has called on the Federal Government to convert unused land to grazing routes.
Tinubu said that the move will help curb the crisis between farmers and herdsmen.
The APC national leader said this at a symposium organized by The Nation and TV Continental, with the themed: Towards an Enduring Peace.
According to Vanguard, Tinubu was represented by an Executive Commissioner of the Nigerian Communications Commission, Sunday Dare also said that the crisis was not political.
According to the APC leader, the crisis is as a result of the scarcity of water.
He said “The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“An acutely thirsty man remembers neither Bible nor Quran very well until his thirst is quenched. Dire need often pushes a man to behave as if bereft of compassion for a person in equally dire circumstance.
“No doubt the problem has exacerbated during the past decade. We must assume climate change plays a role.”
On his part, the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Abdullahi Bodejo called for herdsmen who were arrested in Benue state as a result of the anti-grazing law to be released.
He also said that the military should stop bombarding herdsmen communities.
“The recent anti-grazing laws enacted by some states should be suspended as the laws have become a recipe for conflicts.
“The immediate release from detention of hundreds of pastoralists languishing in jails without trial particularly those arrested in Benue on the pretext of violating anti-grazing laws,” he added.