Following a recent statement from Nigeria’s Presidency, the government is not showing any sign of slowing in its quest to revive the controversial grazing routes.
The spokesman of Nigeria’s President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, has while speaking for his principal made it emphatically clear that nothing stops any willing herdsman from walking his cows round the country including “from Niger to Lagos State.”
Many states in Nigeria, especially the southern ones have vehemently opposed to open grazing which many see as a catalyst for violence and land grabbing by herders.
But the spokesman of the president said that it is unfair and unjust to say that Fulani herdsmen rape and kill people, but described them as Fulani criminals as there are their likes in other tribes.
The Southern governors had unanimously agreed to ban open grazing and replace it with ranching instead. But the presidency by their utterances seem to support both open grazing and ranching.