By Ayo Kehinde
For the second time within a year, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has taken a stand against repeated and dangerous herdsmen/ farmers conflicts in the country by, this time, calling for the enactment of a law that will abolish the movement of herdsmen from the Northern part of the country to other parts, particularly the middle belt and south.
According to him, legally restricting the movements of the herdsman was the best answer to the incessant herdsmen-farmers conflict with its attendant aberrations of kidnapping, banditry and rustling.
In June 2020, amid the ragging public controversy over the Federal Government’s RUGA policy that threatened the existence of the country, Ganduje, set an example with the launch of the Kano State Rural Grazing Area (RUGA), the first cattle herders’ settlement in the country, where the nomads would be accommodated for expansive grazing of their flock.
The governor inaugurated the first phase of 25 housing units out of the projected 200, situated on 4,413 hectares of land at Dansoshiya Forest in Kiru council area of the state.
He blamed the conflicts between farmers and herdsmen on foreign nomadic herdsmen who he accused of entering the country through its porous borders and called on the government to place a ban on their movements while he called for the implementation of the ECOWAS protocols of movement of persons and diary.
In an interview with journalists on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State after the ruling All Progressives Governors officially flagged off its membership registration and validation exercise at the President’s home town, the governor said it was time the government put a stop to the deadly herder/farmers conflict by placing a restriction of the movement of herdsmen and their cattle.
He said: “My advocacy is that we should abolish the transportation or trekking of herdsmen from the Northern part of Nigeria to the Middle Belt and to the Southern part of Nigeria.
“There should be a law that will ban, otherwise we cannot control the conflicts between herdsmen and farmers and cannot control the cattle rustling which is affecting us greatly,” the governor said.