President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by Governor Aminu Tambuwal to revive grazing reserves only where people would be interested.
The Sokoto state governor said open pastoralism is not in the interest of even the Fulani herders, speaking in Lagos during the 63rd birthday lecture of Mr. Richard Akinnola, a noted writer and novelist, days after the President approved the review of 368 grazing areas in 25 states.
Tambuwal, who was perplexed as to why someone from Sokoto would be pursuing his livestock to Delta State, suggested that Nigeria reconsider open grazing.
“Why must someone from Sokoto be pursuing his cattle to Delta State?
“There should be reorientation of the herders to bring them back to the track of modernism and development.”
In a related development, Femi Falana, a human rights campaigner, has criticized the President’s approval of a review of grazing reserves in 25 states across the country.
Nigeria’s Senior Advocate, speaking on Channels TV’s Sunday Politics, said the country has moved past searching for grazing routes and should instead be looking for a modern approach.
Falana further mentioned that the Northern Governors Forum, the Southern Governors Forum, and even the Miyetti Allah group have all agreed that open grazing is no longer appropriate.
“As far as the law is concerned, the President cannot, (with profound respect), be talking of looking for grazing routes in 2021, Nigeria.
“The Northern Governor Forum, the Southern Governors Forum, and even the Miyetti Allah group have all come to a conclusion that open grazing is obsolete.
“We need a national resolution of this crisis. We need a scientific solution. We need a modern solution to this problem.
“State governors are already investing in ranching”.