Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed has expressed that he is not opposed to the proposed ban on open grazing in the country.
He made this known while speaking at the annual conference of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Monday.
Mohammed stated that though he supports the prohibition of open grazing, “the baby must not be thrown away with the bathwater.”
The governor who noted that he isn’t comfortable with the “ethnic criminalisation” of herders, stated that the ban must be persuasive, and benefit farmers and cattle rearers.
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He also cautioned elites against making inciting statements that can cause crisis in the country.
“We, the elite, must be very careful, not to set up our people that have been living in peace against each other.
“We must guide our utterances as governors, lawyers and every other profession. Disintegration can cause a lot of humanitarian crises that are unimaginable.
“We must come together and dialogue in a manner that will not aggravate the security situation in this country.”