ABUJA NIGERIA. The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu ex-governor of Lagos, has asked the Nigerian government to immediately seize and convert unused land regardless of ownership, into cattle grazing routes as this will curb incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.
Tinubu said this in Abuja on Monday at a national summit on conflict resolution.
The event which was organised by media outfits owned by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, The Nation newspaper and TVC television, was themed: ‘Towards an Enduring Peace.’
Bola Tinubu said, “The government must help herders gradually shift from their traditional nomadic existence to a more static lifestyle. We have to face the reality that modernity is making the nomadic way counterproductive and inefficient.
“Unoccupied, isolated land can quickly be turned into grazing areas in the affected states. In the long run, this will enable herders to better maintain their livestock and thus their own livelihood.” He mentioned nothing about the victims of killer herdsmen neither did he say anything regarding the landowners whose land will be seized and converted.
Tinubu, who was represented by Nigerian Communications Commission, Director Mr Sunday Dare, said contrary to speculations, the crisis was not caused by religious or political differences but by water scarcity.
The former governor of Lagos State said the desertification in most parts of the North had caused herders to move southward with their cattle in search of greener pastures.
Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, condemned the former governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for advising the Federal Government to convert unused land to grazing reserves.
It said, “We totally reject this position as it is very backward in modern times and contrary to the consensus of all peace-loving Nigerians that what we need to solve the herdsmen’s siege on farmers is to have ranches.