Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has asked that herdsmen around the country relocate to his state, Punch reports.
Ganduje, speaking at a free vaccination exercise of 1 million cattle organised by his administration, said his state has enough land for grazing to accommodate herdsmen all around the country.
Ganduje, at the exercise titled “Towards Conservation of Livestock Resource and Animal Protein for Citizens of Kano,” also condemned the herdsmen killings, describing them as unacceptable. He said:
Fulani herdsmen of Kano origin do not move out of Kano to other states because we have enough grazing land, ranches and traditional stock route. They don’t have any reason to move out of the state. We take care of them and we accord them the respect and dignity they deserve.
I am inviting herdsmen from all parts of Nigeria to relocate to Kano because we have enough facilities to accommodate them. We have grazing land in Rogo, Gaya, Kura, Tudun Wada, Ungogo and other places, where facilities have been provided to accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle.
Falgore Game Reserve can take care of millions of herdsmen and their cattle in Nigeria. The location has been designed to accommodate schools, human and animal clinics, markets, recreational centres and other social amenities that would provide the herdsmen enough comfort to take care of their animals and transact their business without any hindrance.
These killings must stop. We cannot afford to continue to witness these senseless killings in the name of Fulani herdsmen and farmers clash over lack of grazing land when we have a place like the Falgore Game Reserve, which is being underutilised.