The head of the Southern Governors Forum had angrily rejected the notion and warned that none of his state’s lands would be utilized for such purposes.
Aminu Masari, the Governor of Katsina State, has spoken out on the continuing difficulties surrounding the southern governors’ open grazing ban.
The governor, in his judgment, acknowledged and agreed with the Southern Governors on the necessity to impose a nationwide ban on open grazing.
He went on to say that moving livestock from one location to another was an outdated practice and, in fact, an unIslamic venture and that it needed to be fully stopped.
The governor went on to say that there were only two reasons for the herdsmen’s march from north to south, and they were looking for water and food.
He added that once these things were provided for them, there would be no need for open grazing and movement of cattle from the north to the south.
Governor Masari went on to say that all the government had to do for the herders was develop them and build infrastructure to help them with their businesses.
One of these was to provide accommodations and ranching space where herders could stay and keep their animals.
Remember how the southern governors’ recent statement to impose a complete ban on open grazing in the southern region caused a flurry of controversy and almost pitted the north against the south?
The presidency, through Garba Shehu, the president’s adviser, intimated that the FG might activate the grazing reserves scattered around the country. Gov. Akeredolu of Ondo state, the head of the Southern Governors Forum, had angrily rejected the notion and warned that none of his state’s lands would be utilized for such purposes.
Gov. Masari’s comment comes at a critical time when other solutions are needed to address the herdsmen and farmer conflicts across the country.