SGF ascribes violent herdsmen assaults to 'foreign herdsmen'

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Engr. Babachir David Lawal, has reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government to establish ranches and grazing reserves for Fulani herdsmen in the country in order to stave off further violent altercation between the pastoralist and sedentary farmers.
In the same vein however, the SGF exonerated local herdsmen of the strings of attacks
on farming communities, blaming the violence on the influx of foreign herdsmen into Nigeria.
Lawal disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja when he received in audience, a delegation of Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, led by its Chairman, Alhaji Abdul Bali.
According to a statement released by the Director of Press in the office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, Mr Lawal “Reiterated the decision of the present administration to establish ranches and grazing reserves across the country as a solution to the incessant clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Local Farmers.
“He also noted that nomads from outside Nigeria have migrated into the country and that they are the ones perpetuating most of the crimes on the farmlands.
“He assured that Government will do the needful to enlighten Fulani Herdsmen on how to make cattle rearing more profitable by utilizing the ranches and reap other social and political benefits that such settlements will offer.”
The statement noted that in its submission, the Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation, also expressed conviction that nomads from other lands are responsible for the senseless killings on the farms and urged the Government to strengthen control across land borders.
According to the statement, “They said the foundation is ready to partner with Government to bring the situation under control.”
The Tabital Pulako Njode Jam Foundation was set up to look into the problem of clashes between Fulani Cattle Rearers and Farmers.

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