Ban Cattle Movement from North-South- Gov Ganduje
The Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said to fix the clashes between farmers and herders, Federal Government should pass a law that will ban cattle movement from the north to other parts of the country.
The governor stated this while fielding questions from journalists after a special lunch with President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in Daura, Katsina state during the weekend.
In his opinion, if there is a ban on the movement of herders, the issue of cattle rustling would also be addressed.
Responding to how far the Ruga project in his state had gone, the governor noted that the project is advancing and could curtail banditry in the area.
According to him, “we are building a Ruga settlement in Samsosua Forest, our border with Katsina, and we have succeeded in curtailing the effect of banditry in that area.
“So, we are building many houses; we are constructing a dam; we are establishing a Cattle Artificial insemination Centre; we are launching a veterinary clinic, and already we have started building houses for herdsmen.
“My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the northern part of Nigeria to the middle belt and the Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling, which is affecting us greatly.”
Recall that herders clashes had been on the rise in the past weeks. The south-west region had also attributed the increase in the case of insecurity in the region to herdsmen and, as a result, banned all forms of open grazing in the area last week.
Also, Shehu Sani, a former senator representing Kaduna central, has called for grazing reserves in the north to end the farmer-herder crisis.