“Southern governors must provide land for Fulani bandits to graze their cattle if they want to ban open grazing. Gathering in one hotel & giving a blanket ban is irresponsible. If vigilantes disarm so will bandits.” – Prof Usman Yusuf, Former Executive Secretary of . National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS
A Nigerian professor of hematology-oncology and bone marrow transplantation and an alumnus of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, has expressed his disappointment with the Southern governors over their meeting in Delta State, where they resolved to ban open grazing in their regions.
The Professor On a TV Programme expressed displeasure over the latest pronouncement by the Southern Governors, said it was not proper for the Southern governors to have gathered in a hotel room and made laws for a certain group of people without consulting their leaders (Fulani leaders). According to him, “Was any of the Fulani leaders consulted?”
He quoted a popular dictum by Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), which says “Whatever you do for me but without me, you do against me”. He pointed out that the governors decision to ban open grazing was wrong without carrying the Fulani leaders along. According to him, this is the problem of government in Nigeria where laws are made without consulting with the people. Speaking further, Prof Usman said that in event of that nature, they (Southern governors) supposed to sit down with the people they want to make laws for and discuss an alternative measures to the laws they have made. But that did not happen in any way.
However The Chairman, Senate Committee on Army, Ali Ndume, has faulted the decision of southern governors to ban open grazing of cattle. at a meeting held in Asaba, Delta State Capital, on Tuesday, where they unanimously prohibited open grazing in the region in order to checkmate herders-farmers clashes.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, Ndume, who represents Borno South in the Senate, said Nigeria’s security problems is not about open grazing. The issue of insecurity, he argued, is unique to each geopolitical zone. The lawmaker said: “The governors are deviating from the matter. The problem is not about open grazing. The problem is security. Most of the insecurity problems confronting Nigeria is not in the bush. “We have four different types of security challenges. We have the insurgency in the North East, IPOB through the Eastern Security Network is creating insecurity in the South East, there is banditry in the North West. “It is only in the North Central that we have issues of farmers-herders clashes. There is less problem in the South – West except for the clashes between the herdsmen and the farmers and the agitators for the Yoruba nation. “Similarly, in the South – South, they are trying to instigate the avengers but so far the area is peaceful. The issue of insecurity is unique to each zone.