Tinubu speaks, says no place for open grazing in modernity

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress chieftain (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu has thrown his weight behind calls for ranching of cattle, says no place exists for open grazing in modernity.

He stated this on Saturday, saying he remains an advocate of a ranching form of cattle rearing as the only panacea to the perennial herdsmen-farmers clashes being recorded in the country.

Tinubu’s position is contained in a statement titled, ‘Tinubu’s Statement On The Herder Crisis,’ which he issued on Saturday via his media office.

According to the former Lagos State Governor, nomadic herders in the country must realise that they are fighting a “losing battle against modernity and climate change”, and so, embrace a ‘sedentary’ mode of cattle-rearing.

He also lamented that those who should know better were the ones inciting the conflict between farmers and herders in the country.

In the statement made available to newsmen by his spokesman, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said, “The herder-farmer dispute has taken on acute and violent dimensions. It has cost too many innocent lives while destroying the property and livelihoods of many others. It has also aggravated ethnic sentiment and political tension.

“Despite the efforts of some of those in positions of high responsibility and public trust, the crisis has not significantly abated. Sadly, others who should know better have incited matters by tossing about hate-tainted statements that fall dangerously short of the leadership these people claim to provide. We all must get hold of our better selves to treat this matter with the sobriety it requires.”

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