By Ahmed Shobiye, Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has expressed theÂ opposition of the state government to the proposed creation of grazingÂ zones in any part of the country.Speaking in AbeokutaÂ on FridayÂ when he received in audience theÂ technical committee on herdsmen/farmers clashes set up by the Chief of Â Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin, he stated that the moveÂ might not curb the scourge.
Amosun added that rather, he would support the establishment of cattleÂ ranches, by cattle herders as a lasting solution to the conflict.
Addressing his guests, he said, â€œPeople have suggested a number ofÂ solutions. But, for me, I would not support creation of grazing zones.
They (cattle herders) should take it as a business, probably building Â ranches privately. We should not try to solve a problem by creatingÂ another one.â€
While suing for peace amongst Nigerians, Amosun urged security agentsÂ to probe the identities of so-called herdsmen committing murder acrossÂ the country.
The leader of the team, Major-General Edward Nze in his earlierÂ remarks stated that the panel was set up at the instance of PresidentÂ Muhammadu Buhari adding that the incessant clashes between herdsmenÂ and farmers was becoming a threat to national security.
To address the problem, Nze said a military taskforce codenamedÂ â€œOperation Accordâ€ would be inaugurated by the military authorities.