Whilst Fulani herdsmen continue to run riot in most parts of Northern Nigeria, the Federal Government may not be losing sleep over the issue contrary to the perceived notion by the Nigerians who have been at the receiving end of their onslaught. The grazing reserve dilemma has once again taken the front burner.
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is set to rehabilitate the 414 grazing reserve centres and stock routes across the country, what it described as steps taken to end the clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country.
National Coordinator, Grazing Reserve Rehabilitation at the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Mahmud Ibrahim, disclosed this while speaking during a sensitisation and mobilisation programme on the issue at Wawazange Grazing Reserve in Dukkku Local Council of Gombe State.
Ibrahim said government would not rest until the lingering crisis between farmers and cattle breeders ended. According to him, the project, which is being carried out by the Federal Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, is in conjunction with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to curtail the crisis among farmers and herdsmen in the country.
He said 10 states had already been mandated for the rehabilitation of the grazing reserves and stock routes. National Secretary of the breeders’ association, Baba Ngajarma, lauded the effort made by the government, saying that the project would sensitise farmers and herdsmen, adding that they must shun violence and embrace one another.