Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State has stated that the ban on open grazing in the southern parts of the country would not work.
The Governors in the South had on Monday following its meeting in Lagos insists on its earlier ban on open grazing in the region. The governors directed all State House of Assembly in the south to pass the anti-open grazing bill by September 1st.
At a summit held in Asaba, Delta State, the Southern Governors had banned open grazing in the region due to clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Their actions was however not accepted by President Muhammadu Buhari and his Attorney General Abubakar Malami who he (Buhari), has instructed to recover the 1960’s grazing routes.
Speaking on Channels TV on Wednesday, Governor Zulum of Borno said that the ban would not work until insecurity and economic crisis are addressed.
“We have to address the socio-political and economic dimensions of this crisis which is very important because there is increasing poverty in the sub-region; that is something that will trigger insurgency.”
“There is increasing food insecurity in the sub-region because food insecurity is the worst form of insecurity and that is why the Borno State Government has been advocating for farming in the last two years. Farmers should be allowed to go to their farm lands.
“The issue of the socio-political and economic dimensions of this crisis is very important; addressing farmers-herders is also very important, to ensure that the enabling environment has been created to the herders is very important. This issue of stopping open grazing and others will not work unless we sit down and address all these issues squarely.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.