Federal Government reiterates need to set up grazing reserves
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal disclosed the position of the government when receiving members of an Adamawa-based foundation in his office.
“Government will do everything necessary to enlighten Fulani herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilising the ranches and reaping other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer,” he said.
A statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, said Lawal also backed the claim by some groups that most of the attacks on various communities and individuals were actually perpetrated by herdsmen migrating from other countries.
The statement also said the decision of the present administration to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani cattle rearers and local farmers is commendable.
The Chairman of Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, Alhaji Abdul Bali also blamed nomads from neighbouring countries for the frequent killings and urged the government to strengthen security at the country’s borders.
In another development, the Federal Government has assured people in the North East that its agencies responsible for the rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the region would not discriminate against anyone in the provision of relief materials to affected states.
The SGF told another delegation, Lardin Gabas Elders Forum led by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Captain Paul Tahir, that, “relief items were distributed equitably.