Give Fulani Herdsmen A Decent Life, Fayose Begs Buhari
While the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is thinking of creating cattle colonies that will allow Fulani herdsmen move about across Nigerian states, the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, is questioning why these herdsmen should be in bushes while other Nigerians enjoy a decent life.
He wants the President to think of giving them a decent life rather than pushing them into pushes.
On Tuesday, a few questions were raised by the Governor on his Twitter page on the issue of herdsmen moving about with their cattle.
They have been accused of unleashing havoc on farm settlements and attacking communities in the past. Lately these attackers are now referred to as bandits.
First the Governor tackled the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, for insisting that states should suspend implementation of the anti-grazing law.
Governor Fayose says statement "is an affront on Federalism that is practised in Nigeria.
"It is amazing that at the level of the presidency, they still see states as appendages of the Federal Government.
"January this year, the Minister of Defence blamed passage of anti-grazing law in some states as the cause of killings by herdsmen.
"Today, he is still singing the same song.
"Is there something to this old system of nomadic cattle rearing that they are not telling Nigerians"?
President Buhari is a farmer and has herds of cattle, but they all graze in one place and this is another reason the Governor is making his demands for a good life for Fulani herdsmen.
He asked some more questions.
"Why is Muhammadu Buhari not rearing his cows through open grazing? Why is it so difficult for the Federal Government to support cattle ranching?"
Governor Fayose had last year enacted an anti-grazing law, prohibiting open grazing and he expressed his commitment to upholding the law.
"Here in Ekiti, the Anti Open Grazing law stays.
"It is the Presidency that should stop looking the other way while herdsmen go about killing Nigerians."Methinks the Presidency should be concerned about how to take the herdsmen out of the bush and give them decent life by embracing cattle ranching," the Governor emphasised.
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He further expressed worries about the reading habit of President Buhari and grasp of the situation of things in Nigeria.
"How can anyone be pleased subjecting his own people to a life of following cows through the bush from Yobe to Lagos?
"And our President will open his mouth today and say that Nigeria is safe and secure?
"I doubt if the President reads newspapers," Fayose concluded.