Nigeria Conflict Forces Review of Grazing Reserves in 25 States

Nigeria is set to conduct a review into animal grazing rights after deadly clashes between herders and farmers who complain about livestock destroying their crops. The review will examine grazing sites in 25 states.

A statement by President Muhammadu Buhari's spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said the review will determine the level of encroachment on the grazing sites. The agreement on the number of grazing reserves and states was reached after considering security concerns and other socio-economic conditions.

President Buhari approved the rehabilitation of grazing reserves across the country as from June 2021, to curb bloody clashes between herders and farmers. However,  previous government proposals were criticised for favouring the herders, who are mainly from Buhari's ethnic group. Many southern Nigerian states have called for open grazing to be banned, arguing that cattle breeders should set up ranches for their animals.

InFocus

(file photo).

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 100 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

X