Samuel Ortom, the governor of Benue State, urged President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on Friday against turning Nigeria into a cow republic.
Governor Ortom, who was reacting to a statement from the Presidency indicating that President Buhari had approved recommendations from a committee to review “with dispatch” 368 grazing sites across 25 states in the country “to determine the levels of encroachment,” said that the president’s latest move made it clear that he intends to plunge the country into crisis.
“In a country where insecurity is at an all-time high, with hundreds of people killed by armed herders, bandits, and other terrorists, the Presidency is only concerned about the safety of animals and is using all government machinery and arsenals to impose grazing reserves and cattle routes on Nigerians. This is completely unacceptable!
“The Buhari administration has turned a blind eye to unfathomable levels of livestock encroachment on Nigerians’ farms. Mr. President has never spoken out against herdsmen’s actions or the attacks they perpetrate on innocent people. The only time the President is heard discussing the herders’ atrocities is when he defends them.
“It is apparent now that the Presidency intends to throw the country into an avoidable crisis. Otherwise, what justifies President Buhari’s insistence on the establishment of grazing reserves across the country when Nigerians have openly defied the policy and embraced ranching instead of open grazing?”
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