Buhari insists on cattle grazing roads to resolve conflicts between herders and farmers

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President Muhammadu Buhari reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to re-establishing grazing roads for cattle as a means of resolving clashes between pastoralists and farmers.

Mr Buhari said this in an interview with TV Channels aired Wednesday.

He said he had personal discussions with the Minister of Agriculture to reestablish the cattle grazing roads in place during the First Republic, mainly in northern Nigeria.

Many Nigerians have criticized the policy, saying pastoralists should instead be forced to keep their cattle on ranches.

Hundreds of people are killed each year across Nigeria in violence between pastoralists and farming communities.

Since taking office in 2015, Buhari has maintained the view that restoring grazing roads is the only way to solve the problem. He repeated the argument in his last interview.

“Agriculture ministers from Audu Ogbe to Mahmud now, one of the issues I have discussed with them is to go and get the old republic gazettes,” Buhari said.

“There are roads for cattle and pastures and the cattle ranchers are confined to these areas. Those who leave these areas are arrested and farmers are invited to come and make their complaints. If they don’t have the money, their cattle are sold and the farmers are settled.

“So we have to come back to it and make sure we prepare those grazing areas and put the vet in place. We are working to achieve it, ”he added.

Mr Buhari said that while his administration cannot do much about weather fluctuations that can affect food production, it has taken steps to tackle insecurity and “we are seeing the results.”

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