Insecurity: Gov. Tambuwal warns President Muhammadu Buhari about grazing reserves

“Why must someone from Sokoto be pursuing his cattle to Delta State?” he asked.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the governor of Sokoto State, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against re-inventing grazing areas in Nigeria, claiming that open pastoralism is not in the interests of even Fulani herders.

The governor said it was past time for the country to reconsider open grazing, speaking at the 63rd Birthday lecture of renowned journalist and novelist Richard Akinnola on Monday in Lagos.

According to Tambuwal, the president should revive grazing reserves only in states or regions where people are engaged and willing to participate.

President Buhari’s decree for the review of 368 grazing areas in 25 states has sparked heated controversy, with several states and communities objecting, claiming they cannot tolerate it.

Tambuwal, who gave the lecture on ‘Security Challenges in Nigeria and its Implications for Sustainable Development,’ said that the president should only revive grazing reserves where the people are interested, stressing that this would help to reduce the country’s escalating insecurity.

“Why must someone from Sokoto be pursuing his cattle to Delta State?” he asked.
The governor also asked for the herders to be reoriented to put them back on the path of modernization and development.

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