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Buhari Criticizes Southern Governor’s Open Grazing Ban, Says it’s A Show Of Power

 Buhari Criticizes Southern Governor’s Open Grazing Ban, Says it’s A Show Of Power
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, criticized the governor's representing the Southern region of Nigeria for placing a ban on open grazing for herdsmen, saying it's a show of power.

Buhari said this in a statement released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, insisting that the governors’ resolution during their meeting, which held on May 11 in Asaba, Delta State, is a violation of the constitutional right of Nigerians to live and do business in any part of the country, irrespective of such citizen’s state of origin.

According to Garba Shehu, the Asaba Declaration, which moved to place a ban on open grazing “and other acts of politicking were intended by its signatories to demonstrate their power.

“It is very clear that there was no solution offered from their resolutions to the herder-farmer clashes that have been continuing in our country for generations,

“It is equally true that their announcement is of questionable legality, given the Constitutional right of all Nigerians to enjoy the same rights and freedoms within every one of our 36 states (and FCT) -regardless of the state of their birth or residence.

“Fortunately, this declaration has been preempted, for whatever it is intended to achieve and Mr. President, who has rightly been worried about these problems more than any other citizen in consultation with farmers and herders alike, commissioned and approved an actionable plan of rehabilitating grazing reserves in the states, starting with those that are truly committed to the solution and compliant with stated requirements.

“With veterinary clinics, water points for animals, and facilities for herders and their families, including schooling – through these rehabilitated reserves, the Federal Government is making far-reaching and practical changes, allowing for different communities to co-exist side-by-side: supporting farmers to till their fields, herders to rear their livestock and Nigerians everywhere to be safe.

“The entire country is acutely aware of the strain the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on public finances, for both Federal and States. Still, given the pressing urgency of addressing the perennial challenges, the federal funding for the project that has been delayed is now being partly unlocked. Actual work for the full actualization of the modern reserve system in a few of the consenting states should take off in June,” he said.

Buhari also expressed a strong resolve to address the conflicts of herders and farmers permanently, as reports claimed that herdsmen have recently killed 100 farmers in Benue State. He assured that the associated problem of the gun-wielding “killer herdsmen” would be tackled.

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