– Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has called on herdsmen all over Nigeria to relocate to Kano
– According to him, Kano state has enough land for grazing and enough facilities to accommodate herders
– The governor also condemned the clashes between herders and farmers in Nigeria, saying the killings must stop
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday, February 4, called on herdsmen all over Nigeria to relocate to Kano state.
The governor said the state has enough land for herders to graze their cattle without any problem and added that he is willing to accommodate the herdsmen in his state.
Ganduje, who made the statement during the monitoring of the state’s “free vaccination of over one million cattle and other small animals” at Kadawa Artificial Insemination Centre in the Garum Malam local government area of the state, also condemned the violent clashes between herders and farmers.
Punch reports that Ganduje said as part of his government’s commitment to encouraging herdsmen in the state, Kano state government had been providing facilities that would accommodate the herdsmen and their cattle to discourage them from moving to other states in search of grazing land.
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.”