‘Governments should provide means of cattle rearing for herdsmen’
The Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) has proffered solution to the lingering clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in the country.
In an interview with The Guardian, National Secretary and member, Board of Trustees of GAFDAN, Alhaji Sale Bayari, yesterday said the way the state governments are going about the issue is discouraging.
Bayari stated that the state governments have gone about the issue without diligence and consideration of the Nigerian constitution and not going about it in a way that can stand the test of time.
While acknowledging the power of the states to make laws, he said such laws should not contradict the constitution, adding: “Such laws should be tempered with mercy in the overall interest of mutual co-existence of Nigerians.”
Bayari advised the federal government to enforce the letter and supremacy of the constitution in the interest of every citizen of Nigeria by ensuring that no state unconstitutionally decrees or abolishes the lawful means of livelihood of any Nigerian, arguing that for farmers and herdsmen to live in peace, none of them should breach the peace of each other and nobody should take laws into his/her hands.
He called on both the federal and state governments to provide means of cattle rearing for herdsmen, as it is done in other African countries, noting that there should be traditional open grazing, while ranching is for those who can afford it. “This is the practice all over African countries. Nowhere is there a total ban on cattle grazing,” he insisted.
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