By Isa Lapai, Minna
A former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has hinged the escalation of clashes between herdsmen and farmers across the country on the increase rate of urbanisation and the attendant reduction in availability of grazing land for livestock.
Just as he said that the solution to these persistent bloody clashes should not be left to government alone as the crisis requires all hands to be on deck.
Abubakar stated this after hosting Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, his Kebbi State counterpart, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh and Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele at his Maizube Farms on the outskirts of Minna, Niger State capital on Thursday.
He said, “The solution to the persistent clashes between farmers and herdsmen requires that all hands should be on deck. This should not be left to the government alone. We have to join hands with government to resolve the crisis.
“The animals need grazing field and water points but the rapid rate of urbanization has grossly affected this.”
The former Leader called on government at all levels to provide grazing reserves with adequate water points to stem down the face off, destruction and wanton killing by the warring farmers and herdsmen.
“In providing the grazing reserves for these herdsmen, government should endeavor to build schools for the children of the nomadic herdsmen. This is very important,” Gen. Abubakar advised.
The former Military Leader had earlier told the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh that clashes between farmers and herdsmen has never been limited to the country.
Earlier, the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbeh disclosed that his Ministry is perfecting the use of cassava leaves which are abound in the country as feeds for Cows as part of efforts to mitigate the crisis.