The Nigerian federal government has once again urged the state governments to join in the persuasion of herders in adopting ranching as a cattle rearing option to end the farmers-herdsmen clashes.
This was made known by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of information and culture, while meeting with certain foreign media outlets in London.
The minister trip to London was aimed at interacting with the foreign press and have a think-tank discussion about the progress the government is achieving across a range of initiatives, NAN reported.
Speaking about the outcome of his interview sessions with Reuters, The Economist, and Times of London, the minister claimed that topics ranging from security, economy, fight against corruption, and the power sector took the center stage.
Mohammed said that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been successful in resolving the ongoing farmers-herdsmen disputes, which have been made worse by climate change, forest desertification, and population expansion.
“Our solutions which can be found in National Livestock Transformation Plan have ranching at its core,” the minister said.
“All we are asking for is for states to cooperate more with the federal government to ensure that ranching takes place in their states.
“Evidence has shown that in the states where ranching has been put in place, have less conflicts than the others,” he said.
Still on security, the minister assured the media outlets that the government is making frantic efforts to solve the issue and they are yielding results.
“The success of our gallant military has resulted in about 51,000 insurgents surrendering between January and March this year alone.
“We have also been able to reintegrate about 1600 former fighters who had been able to learn one trade or the other,” he said.