Former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani has expressed that setting up grazing reserves and agro-allied industries in the north is the solution to the crisis between farmers and herders in the south-west.
He made this assertion while speaking as a guest on Arise TV on Saturday morning.
Sani expressed that it is impossible for herders to move around with cattle and not clash with farmers.
The former lawmaker expressed that meeting of the south-west governors with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) will only douse the tension but not solve the problem.
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Sani stated the north has enough landmass for cattle to graze without problems.
“The dialogue going on between the governors of the south-west and Miyetti Allah is a good step but it is not going to permanently resolve the problem,” he said.
“As long as people are allowed to move and roam about with cattle from one state to the other, there is bound to be conflict. It will calm the problem down but it is not going to solve it.
“It is for the northern states, particularly where these cattle-rearers and the Fulani ethnic group come from to set up grazing reserves and attach them to agro-allied industries involved in hides and skins and cheese to make business out of it.
“Cattle business in the 21st Century is a multi-billion dollar business. It is not possible for people to move about with cattle on people’s ancestral lands and property and you don’t expect a crisis to come in.”