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Southern Governors Ban Open Grazing

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Southern Governors have banned open grazing of cattle across states in the region (including cattle movement to the South by foot) and urged the President to address Nigerians on the state of the nation.

During the meeting held in Government House, Asaba, Delta State on the 11th May, 2021, the Southern Government Forum also called for the restructuring of the country to address increasing agitations in different parts of the nation, while restating their commitment to the unity of the country. The Governors Forum reviewed the situation in the nation generally and focused on the current security situation, agitations/restructuring, prospect for inter-state collaboration and partnerships as well as on the incidence of the COVID-19 Pandemic. It affirmed that the people of Southern Nigeria remain committed to the unity of Nigeria on the basis of justice, fairness, equity and oneness and peaceful co-existence between and among its peoples with a focus on the attainment of shared goals for economic development and prosperity; observed that the incursion of armed herders, criminals and bandits into the Southern part of the country has presented a severe security challenge such that citizens are not able to live their normal lives including pursuing various productive activities leading to a threat to food supply and general security

The meeting had in attendance the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde; Rivers State Governor, Nysome Wike; Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi; Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun; Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; among others.

In February, the Nigerian Governors Forum, representing all 36 states in the country, said it had reached a consensus on the “need for the country to transition into modern systems of animal husbandry that will replace open, night, and underage grazing in the country.” The ban on open grazing comes as herdsmen violence continues to be reported across the country. Beyond the herdsmen crisis, the country continues to groan under diverse security threats, including but not limited to an insurgency in North-East, banditry in the North-West and secessionist agitations in the South-East and South-West.

 

Written by: Tolulope Raheem

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