Sunday 5 September 2021

Open grazing: Buhari creating problems for state govs – Falana

 Activist lawyer, Femi Falana has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to stop creating problems for state governors.

Falana said Buhari government should allow states handle the issue of open grazing rather than cause problems for them.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, who spoke at an event in Abuja, explained that governors preside over lands in their states, hence they should handle the issue.

He cautioned the president against reopening grazing routes. 

Falana queried Buhari’s decision to approve money for ranching in Katsina State.

The Senior lawyer also stated that the crisis of armed herders can be solved scientifically.

He said: “Take the question of animal husbandry, where herders— armed herders are killing people. This is a problem that can be solved scientifically.

“Today, the governors of Kaduna, Zamfara and Katsina states have banned the interstate movement of cattle. Which is a ban on open grazing.

“So if you are giving money for ranching to Katsina state, why are you now looking for grazing routes in other states?

“This problem should be left to the states because aside from the federal capital territory, the land in every state is vested in the state governor on behalf of the people.

“The federal government should not continue to cause problems for our people.”

Buhari had recently ordered the review of grazing routes in some states.

This followed the continued clash between herders and farmers across the country.

Several Nigerians have been killed and communities sacked due to the lingering clash between farmers and herders.

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