By Olivia Isibor (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – President Muhammadu Buhari remains opposed to open grazing of cattle, according to the presidency.
This was stated by Presidential spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, during an interview on Tuesday, on Arise News Channel, adding that the president’s views on the resolutions passed by the Southern governors on May 11, in Asaba, Delta State, was misunderstood.
Shehu’s clarification comes a day after the presidency’s statement on the legality of the southern governor’s resolution banning on open grazing had attracted criticism from the Southern governors; the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere; and some senior lawyers.
The presidency statement by Shehu had questioned the legality of the Southern governors’ resolutions, in which they, among others, banned open grazing of cattle in the South.
The statement quoted Buhari as dismissing the ban, while accusing the 17 Southern governors of not proffering any solution to the intractable farmer-herder conflicts, largely driven by open grazing of cattle, proceeding to announce Buhari’s approval for ranching and revival of grazing reserves nationwide.