Zulum faults Southern Governors, says Ban on Open Grazing Won’t Work



Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State on Wednesday faulted the decision of the Southern Governors to place a ban on open grazing in their states, insisting that the action was dead on arrival.

The Southern governors had unanimously banned open grazing during their meeting in Asaba, Delta State about two months ago attributing this to the clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

But their action was received with mixed feelings, with the presidency saying the constitution guarantees freedom of movement.

But, speaking when he appeared on Channels TV programme on Wednesday,
Governor Zulum said the ban will not work until the insecurity and economic crisis are addressed.
“We have to address the socio-political and economic dimensions of this crisis which is very important because there is increasing poverty in the sub-region; that is something that will trigger insurgency.”
“There is increasing food insecurity in the sub-region because food insecurity is the worst form of insecurity and that is why the Borno State Government has been advocating for farming in the last two years. Farmers should be allowed to go to their farm lands.
“The issue of the socio-political and economic dimensions of this crisis is very important; addressing farmers-herders is also very important, to ensure that the enabling environment has been created to the herders is very important. This issue of stopping open grazing and others will not work unless we sit down and address all these issues squarely.”

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