The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, has agreed with the state governors that instead of establishing grazing reserves as a solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen, ranches should instead be established because grazing reserves would not address the clashes and the killings.
This information was yesterday disclosed by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, at the dedication of the new headquarters of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, in Jos, the state capital. According to him,
“The President and governors agreed that there would be no grazing areas; ranches would be established by government where the cattle would be kept in one place and fed.
“Government will provide facilities like medical, schools and other needs in the ranches”.
Mr. Lalong further stated that the ranches would not be for the use of Fulani herdsmen alone but for whoever rears cattle, adding that the clashes between the herdsmen and farmers was one of the myriads of problems inherited by the administration of President Buhari and therefore implored the people to be patient.
The Governor urged Plateau State citizens to pray for the state and the Federal Government as it was possible for all the problems to be solved in a single year.
Also speaking at the occasion was Jeremiah Useni, the Senator representing Plateau South, who revealed that delegates at the 2014 National Conference generally agreed that grazing reserves should be an affair of the state, not the Federal government.
Mr. Useni said it would be difficult for farmers to endorse the establishment of grazing areas as they would not give their farmlands for the course of establishing grazing reserves.
In his sermon, the former ECWA President, Anthony Farinto, called on leaders at all levels to address the difficulties Nigerians were going through as a matter that deserves immediate attention.
The cleric expressed complete disapproval of the recent killing of a military official, and earnestly persuaded the Federal Government to do everything within its powers to tackle the security challenges facing the country. He said:
“If a serving Colonel could be kidnapped and killed, it portends serious danger for the country.”
Among those who attended the service was also the Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex.