The idea of ranching in Nigeria has, no doubt, caused a lot of heated reactions and serious disagreement between states and the federal government which has suggested it as a way of ending herdsmen crisis.
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About four states in the north like Benue, Zamfara, Nasarawa, and Gombe have accepted the project and are about to conclude plans to begin it in various local government areas.
Precisely, Gombe the director-general of press affairs in Gombe Government House, Ismaila Misilli, told reporters that the government has already carved out not less than 130 hectares of land for the project, Punch reports.
Similarly, Zamfara’s director-general of media, publicity, and enlightenment, Alhaji Yusuf Idris, said the state’s Ruga settlements will be unveiled in no time.
However, some other states have vehemently opposed the suggestion, referring to it as a private business that should be handled by private investors, not public establishments.
Officials in this set of states believe that ranches are created where and when there are conflicts between herdsmen and farmers.
A full list of these states are given below:
8. Akwa Ibom
These varying positions of states are coming at a time when some stakeholders in certain areas have gone as far as issuing quit notice to herders following confirmed reports of killings, kidnappings, and other violent crimes carried out by some suspected cattle rearers.
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), had reacted to the quit notice issued to Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa north local government area of Oyo state by popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho.
The prominent lawyer said Igboho had no right to issue a vacation notice to the herders.
At the expiration of the ultimatum on Friday, January 22, he and his followers had stormed the Fulani settlement in Igangan community to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and the herders, a development that degenerated into violence.