Northern Governors declares open grazing outdated system of herding and no longer sustainable in Nigeria

Fulani Herdsman

The Northern Governors Forum have declared open grazing as an outdated system of herding and no longer sustainable.

The governors stated this at an emergency meeting held virtually on Monday to discuss issues affecting the region and country.

They expressed concern over the tension caused by the eviction order issued to herdsmen in some parts of the nation (especially in the south), which was heating the already fragile security atmosphere with threats of reprisals which the Northern Governors are working assiduously to contain.

The governors also agreed to meet urgently and discuss the issue holistically with a view to resolving all areas of misunderstanding and conflicts arising from the threats for the sake of national unity.

A communique released in Jos by Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State who is the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, reads in parts; “the forum resolved to aggressively sensitise herdsmen to the need to adapt new methods of herding by ranching or other acceptable modern methods.

“It appeals to the Federal Government to support states with grants to directly undertake pilot projects of modern livestock production that will serve as springboard and evidence for breaking resistance to the full implementation of new methods of livestock production.

“The Forum resolved to engage elders and youths in a robust discussion with a view to dousing the tense security environment in the North. Accordingly, a four-man committee was put in place to be headed by the chairman of the Northern Governors Forum.”

The communiqué called for restraint from leaders, including those in the Southern part of the country, ‘where passion is high’ and urged ‘all the citizens of the North to continue to live in peace with all Nigerians, irrespective of their origins and backgrounds.”

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