The Presidency through its Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has said to prevent clashes of herdsmen and farmers, it has to stop the herdsmen from roaming all over the country.
The Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity said this while featuring on Channels Television‘s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
He said, “We have to stop these herders from roaming and eating up crops all over the country. They drive their cattle into farmlands and they eat up crops and the farmers fight back and the killings follow. This country cannot continue in this way.”
Shehu also blamed the roaming of the herdsmen on the drying up of grazing lands in the northern-most parts of Nigeria.
He said, “The encroachment by desert leading to the drying up of a lot of grazing lands in the northern-most parts of the country have put pressure on the herders who are looking southwards for green grass so that their cattle will eat and also have water to drink.
“It’s a global climate change situation which is unfortunate, considering what has happened around Lake Chad basin itself drying to up about only ten per cent of its original size.”
Shehu who expressed his delight on the unity of the northern central governors, stated that the governors are coming together to solve the grazing problem.