Prof. Yusuf Aboki of the Faculty of Law, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria, has advised the Federal Government to tackle the current herders/farmers clash in Nigeria by restoring cattle routes across the country .
He stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Kaduna at the sideline of a three-day national conference on promoting peace in Nigeria.
The theme of the conference is: “Promoting Peace, Security and Human Rights: Curbing Unsavoury Relationship between Herdsmen and Farmers in Nigeria.”
Aboki, who is also the Chairman, planning committee of the conference, said restoring cattle routes and grazing reserves would go a long way in resolving the crises.
“No amount of talking, no amount of hosting conferences like this will solve the herdsmen/farmers problem unless the suggestions given are implemented.
“For example, we want the federal government to take deliberate steps to bring back those cattle routes and grazing reserves,’’ he said.
Aboki said it was estimated that there were 414 grazing reserves across the country before the end of 1960, lamenting that no grazing reserve was created from 1960 to date.
He, however, expressed concern that most of the grazing reserves were not properly gazetted by the government.
The don cautioned against blaming the federal government for the continued herders/farmers clash saying that all hands must be on deck to address the problem.
“Some people have gone to the media saying that the president did not take action to curb the incessant conflict or clash between herdsmen and farmers.
“Whenever they make such kind of statement we always say no, those who are saying this are just scratching the issue superficially without going deep to the root of the matter.
“So, the Faculty of Law after a board meeting approved that the national conference be convened to discuss issues relating to clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
“This is with a view to getting information, views, opinions and ideas. We will gather them and write our report for proffering solution to the menace and such a report will be sent to the president,”