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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday conveyed his determination to address the herders/farmers conflict and bring it to a permanent solution.
Also, President Buhari ordered that the associated problem of the gun-wielding “killer herdsmen” be tackled.
In a statement, the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, recalled that Buhari approved measures to bring an end to the skirmishes as recommended by Sabo Nanono, the Minister of Agriculture, in April.
According to the presidency., Buhari’s action plan was put forward before the ban on open grazing by the Southern Governors Forum.
The statement noted it is very clear that there was no solution offered from the governors’ resolutions to the herder-farmer clashes “that have been continuing in our country for generations”.
Garba said the citizens of the southern states and others have a right to expect their elected leaders and representatives to find answers to challenges of governance and right.
“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.”
Shehu said the governors’ declaration has been preempted, “for whatever it is intended to achieve”.
He noted that the President has rightly been worried about these problems more than any other citizen in consultation with farmers and herders alike.
Shehu said Buhari 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.
The aide added that the 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.
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