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Finally, FG bans open grazing

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The Federal Government has yielded to the pressure to curtail the activities of killer Fulani herdsmen in parts of the country as the National Economic Council (NEC) Thursday slammed a total ban on open grazing.

Accordingly, it has outlawed movement of cattle from north to south of the country as well as their movement across the borders into Nigeria.The decision of NEC was sequel to the recommendations by its sub-committee on the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some states of the federation.

The frontline states include Benue, Taraba, Adamawa, Plateau and Kaduna, where scores have been mindlessly slaughtered by the herdsmen.Benue and Taraba States have recently enacted anti-open grazing laws in efforts to curtail the clashes between herdsmen and farmers with their attendant loss of lives and property.

Briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of the monthly NEC meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, said Council resolved that ranches should be established especially in the conflict states immediately with all the accompanying necessary facilities such as schools and hospitals.

Umahi noted that so far, some states, including Plateau, Kaduna and Taraba, had provided land for the establishment of ranches.He said NEC noted that movement from place to place as presently practised by herdsmen was not healthy for the animals, saying that such “movements by nomadic herdsmen must stop. The most profitable way is ranching.”

According to Umahi, NEC resolved that while movement of cows from north to south of the country is now prohibited, “we should not allow foreign herdsmen into the country.”

Also fielding questions from State House correspondents at the briefing on the controversial release of over 400 million dollars for purchase arms by President Muhammadu Buhari, Jigawa Governor, Abubakar Badaru explained that the President acted in time to meet the deadline before America would change its mind on the deal, having declined previously to sell to the country.

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