I support Southern Governors ban on open-grazing and Nigeria’s restructuring – Governor Masari

Governor Aminu Masari

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State has opposed open grazing of cattle, saying that the practice is unislamic.

Masari in an interview with journalists in Katsina on Tuesday noted that open grazing had been generating controversy in the country since May 11 when the Southern Governors at their meeting in Asaba, the capital of Delta State, banned the practice to address insecurity in the region.

The governor said, “This is something we have to do through development, provide necessary infrastructure that will make the herders not to move.

“The herders’ movement is essentially in search of two things: water and fodder. If we can provide these two items, why should they move?

“The roaming about, for us is un-Islamic and it is not the best. It is part of the problems we are having today. I don’t support that we should continue with open grazing.”

Masari further support the devolution of power through restructuring. “I support devolution totally. The Federal Government is trying. But the states need to have resources to implement what should have been implemented by the Federal Government.

‘’If today the states will support the police, the police system will go up. If the states withdraw their support to security agencies, they won’t be able to move from here to there.

“So, I absolutely support devolution. As a government of Katsina State, we should be allowed by the constitution to decide many things that are peculiar to us.”

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