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Elishama Ideh, Durotoye proffer panacea to herders, farmers clashes

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Dr. Elishama Ideh

Presidential aspirants on the opposition Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN), Dr. Elishama Rosemary Ideh, yesterday, faulted on-going plans by the Federal Government to provide ranches for herders in the country.

Elishama, who spoke during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja, wondered why government should opt to dedicate taxpayers’ monies in the provision of ranches for cows owned by private individuals.

While stressing her desire to tackle the biting poverty amongst the citizenry, the Presidential hopeful said: “Herdsmen or whatever they are called or whatever business they are doing is a private business.

The Federal Government should not compel states to give out their lands for ranches. Wherever they are coming from, let them provide ranches for themselves.

That is the way it is done everywhere. I don’t see any reason government should be involved in a private business. There is something sinister in this approach.”

Similarly, another Presidential aspirant, Mr. Fela Durotoye, decried what he called government’s lackadaisical approach to tackling the menace posed by herders in the country.

He lamented the recent cold blooded murder of no fewer than 200 persons in various communities in Plateau State penultimate week, saying the country should be well secured if security personnel are not only recruited on the basis of merit, but are well equipped to discharge their duties effectively.

“I think the farmers herdsmen clashes is a crises that must be tackled if we must tackle it through the law.

The courts and the provision of the law has over the years been explicit as to what we need to do.

The second thing is you must tackle it by engaging and having interactions with all the key parties and making sure that people understand that cattle ranching for instance in a better way to achieve the greater good not only cattle but more importantly for human consumption,” he added.


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