By CrossRiverWatch admin
Fulani herdsmen in Cross River State on Wednesday urged the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade to allocate grazing land for their cattle.
Leader of the Hausa/Fulani community in the state, Mr. Sani Baba – Gombe, who made the passionate appeal in Calabar, the state capital, explained that the major challenge facing herdsmen in the state was a grazing land, hence the need for the state government to come to their aid.
According to Baba-Gombe, the land if allocated will put an end to the crisis between farmers/herdsmen in the state, adding that it would also stop herdsmen from encroaching into people’s farmlands in search of food for their animals.
“We use to instruct our people to always ask for permission before entering into any land to graze. If I were to be a farmer, I won’t be pleased if any cattle come along to destroy my crops.
“If a grazing land is provided, the animals would not stray into farms and this would further prevent any future crisis between herdsmen and farmers in the state.
“All we are appealing for is a grazing land that is different from the farmlands; this would help us to stop encroaching into people’s farmlands in search of food for our cattle.
“We have also sensitized our people to always have a good understanding with their host communities,’’ he said.
When CrossRiverWatch contacted the Special Assistant to the Governor on Non-Indigenes/Muslims Affairs, Alhaji Abdulkarimu Adam, he said “the herdsmen have been in the state for over a hundred years and already have a grazing space which has not been approved or officially designated as such by government but in order to achieve that, we have met with them and the government is appealing to those of them who have been in the state all these years to be more vigilant and watch out for new entrants and report promptly to government to forestall infiltration and break down of law and order.”
The SA assured that the government is reviewing the request and once the herdsmen are willing to cooperate, government will not hesitate to accede to their request.
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