We Need To Stop Herdsmen From Roaming Around, Says Buhari’s Aide, Garba Shehu
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Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, says Nigeria needs to stop herdsmen from roaming all over the country to prevent clashes with farmers.
Shehu spoke when he featured on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television programme, on Tuesday. The presidential spokesman was responding to the allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari is grabbing lands to dole out to herdsmen.
The allegation was made by Katch Ononuju, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who also featured on the programme.
Ononuju had said the government does not care about the lives of its citizens, hence, the continued kidnappings, killings and clashes between farmers and herders. But Shehu blamed the actions of the herdsmen on the drying of grazing lands in the north.
“This country has a grazing problem because the herders are mostly Fulanis. The challenge is from these places they had practiced, you know, the encroachment by desert leading to drying up of a lot of grazing lands in the northern-most parts of the country, “Shehu said.
“This has put pressure on the herders who have been looking to the south-west green grass so that their cattle will eat and also have water to drink.
It’s a global climate situation which is unfortunate considering what has happened along the lake chad basin.