Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, on Thursday alleged that the people responsible for the killings across different states in Nigeria as well as the crisis between farmers and herdsmen across the country, are the state governors.
National Secretary of MACBAN, Baba Ngelezarma made the remark during a town hall meeting organised by the Federal Government in Abuja, Daily Post reports
Ngelezarma also noted that the body was not opposed to ranching across the country.
He, however, noted that government should make ranching attractive to herdsmen.
Ngelezarma also exonerated the Federal Government from the persistent crisis and implicated the state governments with the explanation that these territories are within their boundary and so they should be the ones to wade in in the crisis for it to get swift resolution.
“We are not opposed to ranching. All that we are saying is let’s begin to identify grazing reserves, let us know their current status in view of developing them and making them attractive to the pastorialist. The cow to them is a thing of prestige, a means of livelihood.
“You have to put something in place for them to see before you accept. A lot has been said about this issue. Up till now, nobody is looking at the root cause of the crisis and the people responsible are the state governors.
“How I wish that Chairman of the Governors forum or Northern Governors Forum was here. He is supposed to be here. All the grazing reserves we have in the country are located in the Northern part of the country.
“The state governors have more responsibilities than the federal government because this is their primary assignment. They are the custodians of the land, they are the custodians of security, education in their states. The federal government’s hand are tied, we know that.”