Contrary to claims ,the Minister of information, Lai Mohammed has said the farmers, herders clashes is receiving the highest attention of the Federal government.
Recall that there are allegations that the federal government is treating Fulani Herdsmen with kid gloves .
Some cross section of Nigerians have faulted the decision of the government to send the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to Benue State while the government had sent the military to other trouble spots in the country.
LEADERSHIP recalls that over 70 persons have been killed in the past 10 days in Benue State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
However, speaking to State House correspondents after the federal executive council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential Villa, the minister said the decision to send the military to Benue will be deliberated upon thoroughly .
He said “On the second leg of your question is that government is very much concern about the herdsmen and farmers clashes and it is receiving attend at the highest level.
“As to who to send, that will be decision after thorough deliberations the matter.
When asked to explain what a cattle colony is and what it entails, Mohammed replied “First of all what’s the difference between a colony and a cattle ranch. I’m not an agricultural experts but a colony is much bigger in nature than a ranche.
Explaining further, minister of State, aviation, Hadi Sirika said colony and ranches are basically the same time.
He, however, assured that in setting up a colony, the government will do anything without recourse to owners of farm lands and laws of the land.
He explained “I’m not speaking as an agricultural expert but perhaps growing up in the hinterlands where I grew up, there use to be cattle routes, we call them “burtali” in local language, this was established by the federal government in 1914. Is a designated routes where they follow, feed, graze, drink water.
” When that one was available, there was no farmer/herdsmen clash because the routes are specific, identified and map and are paid for compensation over time. But I think due to development and increase in population these routes are either captured or converted to farms.
“The question of colony or grazing land or whatever Name they are called is about the same thing really. I don’t think government will do anything without recourse to owners of farm lands and laws of the land,” he stated.
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